WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Hurricane Gustav
landed on the U.S. state of Louisiana Monday morning, making its landfall on the
southwest of New Orleans city, the National Hurricane Center said.
The eye of Gustav made the landfall near Cocodrie,
Louisiana, about 10:30 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) as a Category 2, moving about 177
kilometers per hour, the center said.
Waves crash over the Industrial Canal in
New Orleans, Louisiana September 1, 2008. Hurricane Gustav made landfall
along the Louisiana coast, bringing torrential rain and flooding.
At a news briefing in Texas, President George W. Bush
said that the emergency response to Hurricane Gustav was "a lot better" than the
reaction to the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, leaving more than 1,800 killed and New
"The coordination on this storm is a lot better than
during Katrina," Bush said at the state Emergency Operations Center in Austin.
However, he warned the danger to the Gulf Coast from
Gustav was far from over and it remains a "serious event."
A Morgan City, Louisiana resident
watches as Hurricane Gustav makes landfall September 1, 2008.
The president cancel his trip to the Republican
National Convention in Minnesota starting on Monday and traveled to Austin and
San Antonio in Texas, instead, about 640 kilometers away from the Gustav-hit
area in Louisiana.
Gustav was downgraded to a Category 2 storm by
mid-Monday morning, compared to Katrina, a Category 3 storm.
CNN TV footage broadcast live from New Orleans showed
that strong wind swirled rains and swept the city, leaving floodwater
overtopping an industrial canal levee.
Sarah Salley of New Orleans walks
through floodwaters on the New Orleans lakefront in New Orleans, Louisiana
September 1, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
The CNN report said local police had fled the area
and warned reporters to withdraw immediately.
Gustav has killed over 80 persons when it hit the
Caribbean region, and was expected to pass through Louisiana, Texas and
Mississippi early this week.
Millions of people in Louisiana have been evacuated
as the so-called "the storm of the century" loomed. New Orleans, which is still
recovering from the catastrophic hit by Hurricane Katrina in2005, has been put
on full alert.
David Paulison, director of the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, told reporters earlier on Monday that "unprecedented
cooperation" has been ongoing among federal agencies and the private sector.
He said that local residents were offered with help
even before the storm came, which significantly eased evacuations. But for those
who still stay in New Orleans, "it was their choice."
Wind sweeps over the water at the
Mississippi River and Inner Harbor Navigational Canal as wind and rain
from Hurricane Gustav pound New Orleans, Louisiana September 1, 2008.