Gustav Threatens the Gulf Coast — We Wait and Watch

Hurricane Gustav is bringing strong winds and bad memories to the Gulf Coast, and the entire country seems to be keeping a close, earnest watch on the situation.

In the French quarter of New Orleans, buildings are boarded up and residents are leaving in droves. Gustav has been downgraded to a category three storm as of this morning, but it could still pick up steam, and tropical storm Hanna is close behind. No one seems to be taking any chances; we’ve been down that road before.

To track the storm, check out the National Hurricane Center , which offers constantly updated graphics, audio podcasts, and mobile-phone advisories. I used to think this work was really cool, but now I realize how important it is, too.