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|Report Source||NWS Storm Survey|
|NCDC Data Source||CSV|
|Begin Date||2008-09-01 16:00:00.0 CST-6|
|End Date||2008-09-01 21:00:00.0 CST-6|
|Deaths Direct/Indirect||0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)|
|Episode Narrative||Hurricane Gustav caused wind damage, flash flooding, and several tornadoes across southwest Louisiana.
Hustav made landfall in Terrebonne Parish in the morning of September 2nd as a category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph.
Gustav moved northwest, almost up along Highway 90 across St. Mary, Iberia, St. Martin, and Lafayette Parishes. The highest measured wind gusts were 85 mph at a research site near Abbeville, LA in Vermilion Parish. However, wind speeds were estimated between 75 and 85 mph from St. Mary Parish to Evangeline Parish.
Storm surge was a minimal impact because southwest Louisiana was on the west side of the onshore winds for most of the event. The highest recorded storm tide was 4.77 at Amerada Pass in St. Mary Parish.
However, rainfall was a large impact. In central Louisiana, over 20 inches of rain fell in Rapides Parish, with a CO-OP observer recording 20.43 inches 7 miles east of Alexandria. This resulted in widespread flooding of the Alexandria-Pineville region, where over 200 water rescues were performed. Significant flooding also occurred in New Iberia, where over ten inches of rain fell, resulting in widespread flooding in and around New Iberia.
Several tornadoes were seen across southwest Louisiana, with the worst one occurring in Evangeline Parish near Mamou, where two people were killed when their tied-down mobile home was thrown for over 200 yards.
Other fatalities in the region were considered indirect. Two men died in Calcasieu Parish from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator running in their home. A woman died in St. Martin Parish when her home caught fire from burning candles after she lost power.
Total property damages were estimated near 750 million dollars in southwest Louisiana. Agricultural loses were estimated to be over 225 million dollars.
|Event Narrative||Hurricane Gustav caused tropical storm force winds in Vernon Parish, resulting in scattered trees and power lines downed, mainly in Pitkin and Cravens areas.|
All events for this episode:
|ST. MARY (ZONE)||ST. MARY (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||08:30||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||150.000M||30.000M|
|VERMILION (ZONE)||VERMILION (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||09:00||CST-6||Tropical Storm||0||0||30.000M||30.000M|
|LOWER ST. MARTIN (ZONE)||LOWER ST. MARTIN (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||09:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||10.000M||5.000M|
|IBERIA (ZONE)||IBERIA (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||11:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||100.000M||30.000M|
|UPPER ST. MARTIN (ZONE)||UPPER ST. MARTIN (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||11:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||50.000M||15.000M|
|CAMERON (ZONE)||CAMERON (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||13:00||CST-6||Tropical Storm||0||0||500.00K||0.00K|
|JEFFERSON DAVIS (ZONE)||JEFFERSON DAVIS (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||13:00||CST-6||Tropical Storm||0||0||500.00K||0.00K|
|LAFAYETTE (ZONE)||LAFAYETTE (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||13:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||1||0||100.000M||5.000M|
|CALCASIEU (ZONE)||CALCASIEU (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||13:00||CST-6||Tropical Storm||0||0||1.500M||0.00K|
|ACADIA (ZONE)||ACADIA (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||14:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||10.000M||10.000M|
|ST. LANDRY (ZONE)||ST. LANDRY (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||14:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||100.000M||25.000M|
|EVANGELINE (ZONE)||EVANGELINE (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||15:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||50.000M||25.000M|
|BEAUREGARD (ZONE)||BEAUREGARD (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||15:00||CST-6||Tropical Storm||0||0||2.000M||0.00K|
|VERNON (ZONE)||VERNON (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||16:00||CST-6||Tropical Storm||0||0||500.00K||0.00K|
|BREAUX BRIDGE||ST. MARTIN PAR.||LA||09/01/2008||16:34||CST-6||Flash Flood||0||0||10.00K||0.00K|
|LAFAYETTE||LAFAYETTE PAR.||LA||09/01/2008||16:34||CST-6||Flash Flood||0||0||10.00K||0.00K|
|AVOYELLES (ZONE)||AVOYELLES (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||17:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||20.000M||25.000M|
|RAPIDES (ZONE)||RAPIDES (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||17:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||80.000M||25.000M|
|OPELOUSAS||ST. LANDRY PAR.||LA||09/01/2008||18:00||CST-6||Flash Flood||0||0||30.00K||0.00K|
|WOODWORTH||RAPIDES PAR.||LA||09/01/2008||18:00||CST-6||Flash Flood||0||0||50.00K||0.00K|
|ALLEN (ZONE)||ALLEN (ZONE)||LA||09/01/2008||18:00||CST-6||Hurricane (typhoon)||0||0||5.000M||0.00K|
|FIFTH WARD||AVOYELLES PAR.||LA||09/01/2008||19:07||CST-6||Tornado||EF0||0||0||0.00K||0.00K|
|NEW IBERIA||IBERIA PAR.||LA||09/02/2008||09:00||CST-6||Flash Flood||0||0||100.00K||0.00K|
|LE BLANC||ALLEN PAR.||LA||09/02/2008||18:08||CST-6||Tornado||EF0||0||0||30.00K||0.00K|
|ALEXANDRIA||RAPIDES PAR.||LA||09/03/2008||06:20||CST-6||Flash Flood||0||0||15.000M||0.00K|
|EFFIE||AVOYELLES PAR.||LA||09/03/2008||06:20||CST-6||Flash Flood||0||0||100.00K||0.00K|
|EGAN||ACADIA PAR.||LA||09/03/2008||09:49||CST-6||Flash Flood||0||0||10.00K||0.00K|
|ARNAUDVILLE||ST. LANDRY PAR.||LA||09/03/2008||12:50||CST-6||Tornado||EF1||0||0||40.00K||0.00K|