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Wind & Hurricane Impact Research Laboratory(WHIRL)

Hurricane Gustav (2008)

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: NOAA)

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.


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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


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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


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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