Hurricane Gustav formed from a small disturbance West of the Sahara Desert. The Sahara Desert is the mother of Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms. The disturbance lead to the full formation of a tropical cyclone of hurricane strength on August 25, 2008. The storm was a bit unorganized, but all predictions showed the disturbance would later become a very organized and intense storm.
- Upon hearing the news of an impending hurricane, more than 1,500 National Guard troops were gathered in Louisiana.
- More than 2 million people would eventually evacuate the Gulf Coast region.
- 10,000+ people chose to remain in New Orleans despite mandatory evacuation orders.
- Mayor Nagin of New Orleans held press conferences to present the plans for safety in the city. New Orleans hurricane safety plans were revised and expanded to prevent another disaster so near the Anniversary of Katrina.
- While the levees in New Orleans were rebuilt and more pump stations were installed, many feared the preparations would not be enough to hold back the waters if Gustav reaches a higher-than-expected intensity.
- Pets were evacuated in an orderly fashion after the horrifying images of decomposed pets angered the public into supporting a Pet Evacuation Bill from the government.
- Day by day accounts of the path of Gustav flooded the airways with news of mudslides, torrential rains, clogged highways, and intense winds.
- President Bush, John McCain, and Barack Obama all addressed Gustav and the Republican National Convention was postponed.
- Gustav was originally expected to make landfall on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 as seen in the diagram above. Gustav was a fast moving storm and ended up making landfall just West of New Orleans on Monday, September 1, 2008.