Headed to hurricane country? Read this first


Here’s what you need to know if you’re headed to hurricane country.

Many hotels are sold out in Louisiana because of Hurricane Gustav. If you’re driving to — or through — the Creole State, it’s going to be a long trip.

The best site for determining the latest on Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna, which may threaten Florida, the southern Atlantic coast or the Gulf Coast late this week, is the National Hurricane Center.

Other sites may provide more weather information, but this is the grand-daddy of them all — where all of the media, like The Weather Channel and local TV stations, get their meteorological information about the storms.

You can even sign up for podcasts, access the information on a mobile device, and find tons of links to official government services and information about storm preparedness and evacuations. This is one case of the government doing something right.

Other sites for travelers and those who want to follow the storm and its impact, going from east (Mobile, Ala.) to west (Houston), include: