So glad Gustav wasn't as bad as it could have been. I know it has been frustrating for those who had to leave their homes when it turned out not to be so bad, but there was significant damage to utilities and the threat was real. Better to be safe than sorry. We have to learn from history and sometimes, yes, we do over react. But no one ever wants to see another event like Katrina!
It's easy for me to say that, but I live in earthquake country where we don't have warnings. We have what we all call "earthquake weather" where we think it's too hot and too still for too long, but it isn't always reliable. In fact, it usually isn't. Scientists are working on a warning system, but it's still a Sci-Fi dream away.
The best any of us can do is to be prepared for the unknown with an emergency kit. And if we get an advanced warning take heed and don't play roulette with Mother Nature.
There are already three or four more storms stacked up in the Atlantic. This isn't going to be a fun time. Take care and let's all hope for the best. The most important thing is not to get complacent and to let your guard down. Stay safe!!