Hurricane Gustav over Louisiana
On August 31 the NHC predicted with 81% probability that Gustav would remain at Category 3 or above on September 1, but on September 1 at 9:30 a.m CDT (1430 UTC) the center of Gustav made landfall in the United States along the Louisiana coast near Cocodrie as a strong Category 2 hurricane (1 mph below Category 3), dropping to Category 1 four hours later.
As of September 1, 97 deaths (including 12 children) have been attributed to Gustav in the U.S. and Caribbean. Risk modeling firm Equecat Inc. estimated that Gustav could cost the insurance industry about $9 billion (with a total damage of $18 billion in the U.S.) – easily among the top ten costliest storms in U.S. history.
This image from the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) on ESA’s Envisat satellite shows Hurricane Gustav approaching the Louisiana coast.
Additional images and data are available on the Chelys Rapid Response Catalogue (SRRS) where you can find also the relevant KML projetion files.