New Orleans has avoided the brunt of Hurricane Gustav, but a community south of the city is nervously watching a levee. People there who have not fled are being urged to go to the Mississippi River for evacuation. Up to 300 homes in Plaquemines Parish are threatened.
Four Lubbock meteorologists are also among those who stayed close to Gustav. NewsChannel 11 caught up with the Texas Tech Hurricane Research Team as they were leaving Friday. They took hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment with them to study the storm.
On Sunday, Dr. John Schroeder and his team set up the platforms at locations between Lafayette and New Orleans. But when Gustav came ashore, they were a safe distance away, just southeast of Baton Rouge. When it is safe to do so, the team will return to retrieve the platforms.
The data collected Monday will help meteorologists better understand the inner workings of a hurricane. Information that engineers can also use to design structures that can withstand extreme wind and keep you safe.
Texas Tech University Hurricane Research Team