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RNC opens, goes into recess

RNC opens, goes into recess

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The 2012 Republican National Convention was gaveled in Monday by national GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, then immediately recessed until Tuesday.
NHC: Isaac pointed at RNC for opening day

NHC: Isaac pointed at RNC for opening day

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Tropical storm Isaac may hit Tampa, Fla., on the Republican National Convention's opening day, a National Hurricane Center map indicates.

New Orleans official wants in-city shelter

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- New Orleans needs a shelter where the elderly and poor can be protected from another major hurricane without leaving the city, officials say.

La. National Guard to lead evacuations

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Louisiana National Guard will coordinate moving evacuees during the state's next mandatory hurricane evacuation, officials said.

Republican ousts Jefferson in La.

BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Rep. William Jefferson, a Democrat under indictment on corruption charges, trailed a Republican newcomer Saturday in Louisiana's election.

Storm made sunken carrier a riskier dive

PENSACOLA, Fla., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The scuba-diving industry in Florida says the wreck of the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was pushed into deeper water by Hurricane Gustav.

La. officials fault Entergy for outages

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Officials in Louisiana say so many people there were left without electricity when Hurricane Gustav hit because of a weak power grid.

Death toll from Haiti storms reaches 800

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The death toll from four major storms hitting Haiti in August and September has reached 800 people, International Red Cross officials say.

Louisiana official quits in Gustav's wake

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Hurricane Gustav produced some delayed fallout Monday with the resignation of Louisiana's Social Services secretary over handling of the weather crisis.
Pelosi pledges aid for Ike victims

Pelosi pledges aid for Ike victims

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress will begin work on a measure to provide federal aid to victims Hurricane Ike, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday.

Ike shuts down Gulf oil production

HOUSTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The arrival of Hurricane Ike has shut down nearly 98 percent of the United States' Gulf of Mexico oil production, Interior Department officials said.

Ike poses threat to U.S. refineries

HOUSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Hurricane Ike's trek toward the Houston area Friday poses the second hurricane threat in two weeks to the U.S. oil industry, analysts said.
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Hurricane Gustav
Ed Rappaport Deputy Director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, provides the latest forecast for Hurricane Gustav on August 31, 2008. Gustav a category 3 hurricane is expected to make landfall in Louisiana , on September 1, 2008. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

Hurricane Gustav (pronounced /ˈgʊstɑːv/) was the second most destructive hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm was the seventh tropical cyclone, third hurricane, and second major hurricane of the season. Gustav caused serious damage and casualties in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Cuba and the United States. Gustav caused at least $8.5 billion (2008 USD) in damages. Gustav triggered the largest evacuation in United States history. More than 3 million people fled the oncoming hurricane.

It formed on the morning of August 25, 2008, about 260 miles (420 km) southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and rapidly strengthened into a tropical storm that afternoon and into a hurricane early on August 26. Later that day it made landfall near the Haitian town of Jacmel. It inundated Jamaica and ravaged Western Cuba and then steadily moved across the Gulf of Mexico.

Once into the Gulf, Gustav gradually weakened because of increased wind shear and dry air. It weakened to a Category 2 hurricane late on August 31, and remained at that intensity until landfall on the morning of September 1 near Cocodrie, Louisiana. Weakening continued, and Gustav weakened to a tropical storm that evening and to a tropical depression the next day as it meandered around the south-central US. The weak system became extratropical on September 4 and was absorbed by another low on September 5.

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