What damage did Hurricane Gustav do?

Hurricane Gustav has already caused serious damage in Cuba:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7589299.stm

This NASA image shows Hurricane Gustav approaching the coast of Louisiana:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/shownh.php3?img_id=15036

Now it’s headed for the USA, where New Orleans has already been put under curfew:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7590426.stm

New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005; now around 2 million people have been evacuated from the city:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7591197.stm

Hurricane Gustav has been downgraded to a category 2 storm and has made landfall southwest of New Orleans. Despite causing serious damage, the worst fears have not been realised:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7591197.stm

Hurricanes gain their energy from warm surface waters, which cause rapid upwelling of moist air. Now that Hurricane Gustav has made landfall, it has lost some of its strength and has been downgraded to a tropical storm:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7593055.stm

By the 3rd of September, New Orleans was pronounced safe for people to return to:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7595196.stm

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