Gustav not as bad as feared for most of Gulf Coast

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Hurricane Gustav didn’t pack the punch some had feared when it hit the Gulf Coast yesterday, sparing New Orleans and surrounding areas the level of damage sustained when Hurricane Katrina came ashore in August 2005.

Gustav moved past the New Orleans area Monday, leaving the city’s levees and floodwalls with minimal damage, according to several news reports. However, the storm surge did push waters over the top of a Mississippi River levee in Plaquemines Parish south of New Orleans, according to a report from MarketWatch.

The extent of damage to marine facilities in the area has not yet been determined. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said residents should wait until after Tuesday before returning to their homes.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center has issued warnings for several new storms coming in from the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Hanna is working its way toward the Southeast from the Bahamas, and forecasters expect it to make landfall near Savannah, Ga., later this week.

The National Hurricane Center is also keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Ike and Tropical Storm Josephine, as both make their way across the Atlantic from western Africa.

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