Hurricane Gustav – 2008-10

Gustav continues as a Category 3 Hurricane

At 7:00am CDT –

– Hurricane Warning is posted from Cameron City, LA eastward to the
Alabama/Florida Border. Hurricane watch continues for High Island,
Texas (just east of Galveston) eastward to Cameron City, LA.

– the center of Category 3 Hurricane Gustav was located 375 miles
southeast of the Mouth of the Mississippi River. Movement is towards
the northwest at 16mph and a decrease in forward speed is expected on
Monday. Maximum sustained winds are near 120mph and Gustav is
forecast to regain Category 4 status later today or tonight. Minimum
surface pressure is measured at 960mb.

– Hurricane force winds extend outward to 50 miles from the center and
tropical storm force winds to 200 miles.

– Gustav is a large cyclone, do not focus on the pinpoint location or
track of this system.

– Landfall is expected near Houma, Louisiana, around 1pm on Monday.

Discussion:

There is no change to the forecast track or reasoning through landfall.

Intensity wise, Cuba caused Gustav to weaken. However, Gustav is
forecast to restrengthen as it moves over a warm current in the Gulf
later this morning into the afternoon hours. By early Monday Gustav
will approach a relative cold eddy and this may weaken the system a
little before landfall. Despite the actual intensity fluctuations,
Gustav is expected to be a major hurricane at landfall with winds
110mph or greater.

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About Putnam Reiter

Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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