Hurricane Gustav occurred between 25 August and 4 September 2008. It was classified as a category 2 hurricane when it made landfall in Louisiana. Rainfall over Louisiana and Arkansas caused moderate flooding along many rivers. Gustav is known to have produced 41 tornadoes – 21 in Mississippi, 11 in Louisiana, 6 in Florida, 2 in Arkansas, and 1 in Alabama. The strongest tornado was an EF2 in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana. The hurricane caused widespread storm surge along the northern Gulf coast. Surges of 12-13 feet occurred along the Louisiana coast in the Mississippi Delta southeast of New Orleans, with surges of 9-10 ft in other portions of southeastern Louisiana. Maximum sustained winds up to 90 knots were recorded during this Hurricane in the United States. There was a total of 13 fatalities in the United States with about $2.15 billion property damage [NOAA, 2009]1.
Figure: track positions for Hurricane Gustav, 25 August – 4 September 2008 (Source: NOAA1)
1Beven II, J. L., and Kimberlain, T. B., (January 2009), Tropical Cyclone Report Hurricane Gustav (AL072008) 25 August – 4 September 2008, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – National Hurricane Center.
|Hurricane Gustav Response Imagery Viewer||Hurricane Gustav Response Images||NOAA - National Geodetic Survey - Emergency Response Imagery|
|Hazards Data Distribution System||Aerial imagery of the region||USGS|
|Gustav 2008||Including tropical cyclone report, aircraft missions, surface wind field analyses, satellite pictures, wind centers and tracks, radar composites, stepped frequency microwave radiometer, dropsonde data, and photos from flights||NOAA – Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory|
|Tropical Cyclone Report Hurricane Gustav||The National Hurricane Center's Tropical Cyclone Reports (formerly called Preliminary Reports) contain comprehensive information on each storm, including synoptic history, meteorological statistics, casualties and damages, and the post-analysis best track (six-hourly positions and intensities).||NOAA – National Hurricane Center|
|Monitoring Inland Storm Surge and Flooding From Hurricane Gustav||Monitoring Inland Storm Surge and Flooding From Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana, September 2008||USGS|
|Hurricane Gustav: Observations and Analysis of Coastal Change||This report documents the data-collection efforts and presents qualitative and quantitative descriptions of hurricane-induced changes to the shoreline, beaches, dunes, and infrastructure in the region that was heavily impacted by Hurricane Gustav.||USGS|