Pat Shingleton: "August Gusto..."
We will monitor the low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico throughout the weekend. Louisiana's August storms include Hurricane Camille that scraped the southeast coast on August 17, 1969. Prior to Gustav, Hurricane Andrew was the worst storm to hit the Baton Rouge area on August 26, 1992 and of course Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005. Louisiana ranks first for incidents of direct hurricane hits on the United States mainland and individual states since 1851 with a total of 21 with August and September the most active months. Three of the top four most intense mainland hurricanes, Camille, Katrina and Andrew, struck Louisiana with Katrina the costliest causing $106 million in damage followed by Andrew and Gustav with more than $45 million in damage.