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Gustav Is Now a Category 2

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The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Gustav to a Category 2 storm. Official landfall was expected in about an hour, with Houma as its target.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from east of High Island to the Mississippi-Alabama border. This warning includes New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. A Tropical Storm warning is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border to the Ochlockonee River.

AT 800 AM CDT…1300Z…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE GUSTAV WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.9 NORTH…LONGITUDE 90.4 WEST OR ABOUT 80 MILES… 125 KM…SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA AND ABOUT 130 MILES…210 KM…SOUTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE LOUISIANA. THIS POSITION IS ALSO ABOUT 20 MILES…35 KM…SOUTHWEST OF PORT FOURCHON ALONG THE LOUISIANA COAST.

GUSTAV IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 16 MPH…26 KM/HR…AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT DAY OR SO WITH SOME DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED AND A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST ON TUESDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER WILL CROSS THE LOUISIANA COAST BY MIDDAY TODAY.

REPORTS FROM AIR FORCE RESERVE AND NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 110 MPH…175 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. THIS MAKES GUSTAV A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS LIKELY BEFORE LANDFALL…WITH WEAKENING EXPECTED TO BEGIN AFTER GUSTAV MOVES INLAND LATER TODAY.

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Written by newscycle

September 1, 2008 at 9:06 am

Posted in Gustav

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