(2:15 p.m. EDT) -- The National Hurricane Center has issued its last advisory on Gustav, the storm system that bombarded Louisiana this weekend as a Category Two hurricane.
Now a tropical depression moving across western Louisiana en route to northeastern Texas, Gustav still poses a flooding threat and could spur tornadoes. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour and slow weakening is forecast. The storm downed trees and power lines in New Orleans yesterday, and brought about some heavy flooding, but did not cause the feared levee failures we saw three years ago with Katrina.
During its tenure, Gustav impacted several Carnival cruises along the Gulf Coast. At this point, we do not expect any further itinerary changes due to this storm system; New Orleans is not currently homeporting any ships.