Hurricane Gustav – 2008-12

Gustav Making Landfall

At 8:00am CDT –

– Hurricane warning continues for High Island, Texas eastward to the
Alabama/Florida Border

– The center of Category 2 Hurricane Gustav was located 80 miles
south-southwest of New Orleans. Movement is towards the northwest at
16mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours
with some decrease in forward speed. Maximum sustained winds are near
110mph and weakening is likely after landfall. Minimum surface
pressure is measured at 957mb.

– Hurricane force winds extend outward to 70 miles and tropical storm
force winds to 230 miles.

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

– Storm surge of 10-14 feet above normal tide is likely as Gustav
moves inland.

Discussion:

Radar loop from New Orleans indicates that the northern eyewall of
Gustav is moving inland in Terrebonne Parish. While this is not
official landfall, we should have it by 9am. Models agree that Gustav
will continue to the northwest for the next 12-18 hours. After that
point a decrease in forward speed is likely as the steering currents
near Gustav relax. Beyond 18 hours it is quite difficult to forecast
what Gustav will do as the model spread is significant.

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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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