It's not exactly the kind of surge John McCain wanted to talk about at next week's Republican necktie party in Minneapolis. The National Weather Service is expecting a 15-20 storm surge by the time Gustav makes landfall, likely as a Category 4 Hurricane. Incomplete levees located in the New Orleans area's West Bank could be topped and levees protecting the Upper and Lower 9th Wards could be tested.
In other news hurricane-related news, the National Guard has arrived in New Orleans and Louisiana is requesting 1,500 troops from other states including Tennessee. Unfortunately, it looks like private security contractor Blackwater is also on the way, which probably means the American taxpayers will be paying them at least $950 per day per mercenary again.