Gustav: Don’t give in to fear

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As the third anniversary of Katrina’s touch-down in New Orleans approaches, Gustav, as of this writing a tropical storm but expected to reach a category 3 hurricane status, is heading for the Gulf Coast. There is some expectation that Hannah, also a tropical storm, could make landfall somewhere in the area around the same time as Gustav. Officials in New Orleans are already making plans for a mandatory evacuation, and people are stocking up on batteries and water bottles.

Some of them are also feeling the accumulation of fear, brought on by the memories of Katrina, the anniversary, and uncertainty that the work done by the Army Corps of Engineers since then will hold. The relatively light hurricane seasons of the last two years haven’t actually tested their efforts.

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