They say that the damage in Baton Rouge is the worst ever sustained in a hurricane. Winds at the airport were clocked at 91 mph at the height of the storm. There was a lot of rain and wind which took out electricity to 1.4 million customers. The last report I read was that half of Baton Rouge should get power back within one week, and the other half will get power back in three to four WEEKS. After Katrina, 140,000 refrigerators had be be discarded after food went bad in them. I imagine that will be an issue again.
Here are some photos of the damage left by Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana. http://www.2theadvocate.com/multimedia/27800409.html
Because Gustav was not the television ratings bonanza the networks thought it would be, the news crews have turned their attention to the other storms in the Atlantic, named Hanna, Ike, and Josephine. So I haven't seen any pictures of damage from Lafayette or elsewhere in Louisiana.
Classes at LSU have been canceled until Monday. Sounds great, but remember, there's no electricity, no air-conditioning, very few grocery stores and even fewer restaurants are open. Not a vacation, by any stretch of the imagination. But the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints are planning to play football this weekend. As long as they've got their priorities straight...