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.
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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