Pat Shingleton: End-of-August Storms
Before Katrina, Hurricane Andrew was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history. On this date, two years ago, we were tracking Tropical Storm Isaac. Gustav was the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge. Andrew recorded five official landfalls including its final landing as a category 3 storm on our coast. Storms that cause extensive destruction are sealed in our memories. Tonight, 22 years ago, I was in our Weather Center while outside, howling winds swayed our 700 foot antenna. After landfall and the last tornado warning, I left the station to check on the family. Similar to Gustav, Old Goodwood resembled a logging site with oak trees strewn like pick-up sticks, intermingled with transformers and power poles; the first storm of the season - in August.