While everyone worried what Hurricane Gustav would do to New Orleans, it was Baton Rouge, home of Louisiana State University and Southern University, that bore the brunt of the destructive storm. At LSU, wind speeds of 92 mph and a tornado on campus destroyed roofs, downed trees, and caused electricity to go out for the entire campus, prompting officials to cancel class until Monday. A football game against Troy University scheduled for Saturday was postponed until November 15. The University of Arkansas was hit by relentless rain.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Seaboard prepares for Tropical Storm Hanna, which is expected to make landfall in North Carolina late Friday night or early Saturday. Duke, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina are taking precautions for the weekend, and the governor declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Hanna and its likely successor, Ike. N.C. State may have to cancel its game against William & Mary, while Duke students worry that their precious tailgate may be disrupted by the storm.