For a while, it looked like
Hurricane Gustav was poised to do the one thing that Katrina
couldn't do 3 years earlier... Totally demolish New Orleans.
The forecast track originally had it hitting the city directly
as a major hurricane. The city was mostly evacuated when I pulled
into town after an all night drive. It was an eerie feeling,
driving through the empty streets of the French Quarter with
nobody else on the road except police and National Guard troops.
Luckily, as the storm got closer, it became very clear that the
worst of it was going to pass to the west of New Orleans. The
night before landfall, we repositioned to the town of Houma,,
Louisiana with an NBC cameraman in tow.