Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tropical Storm
State LOUISIANA
County/Area VERNON
WFO LCH
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...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.50M
Crop Damage 0.00K
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.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 3 2 725.730M 225.000M
ST. MARY (ZONE) ST. MARY (ZONE) LA 09/01/2008 08:30 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 150.000M 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
VERMILION (ZONE) VERMILION (ZONE) LA 09/01/2008 09:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 30.000M 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
IBERIA (ZONE) IBERIA (ZONE) LA 09/01/2008 11:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 100.000M 30.000M
CAMERON (ZONE) CAMERON (ZONE) LA 09/01/2008 13:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
CALCASIEU (ZONE) CALCASIEU (ZONE) LA 09/01/2008 13:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 1.500M 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
ST. LANDRY (ZONE) ST. LANDRY (ZONE) LA 09/01/2008 14:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 100.000M 25.000M
ACADIA (ZONE) ACADIA (ZONE) LA 09/01/2008 14:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 10.000M 10.000M
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
RAPIDES (ZONE) RAPIDES (ZONE) LA 09/01/2008 17:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 80.000M 25.000M
AVOYELLES (ZONE) AVOYELLES (ZONE) LA 09/01/2008 17:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 20.000M 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
MANSURA AVOYELLES PAR. LA 09/02/2008 16:10 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LE BLANC ALLEN PAR. LA 09/02/2008 18:08 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
BASILE EVANGELINE PAR. LA 09/03/2008 01:57 CST-6 Tornado EF2 2 2 300.00K 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
CROWLEY ACADIA PAR. LA 09/03/2008 10:57 CST-6 Tornado EF0 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
CHENEYVILLE RAPIDES PAR. LA 09/03/2008 14:15 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 40.00K 0.00K
Totals: 3 2 725.730M 225.000M