Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gustav Explosion

Latest update (about one hour ago) on Gustav...incredibly strong storm.

  • Data from an Air Force reconnaissance aircraft indicate that 
    maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph...
    240 km/hr...with higher gusts.  Gustav is an extremely 
    dangerous category fourhurricane on the Saffir-Simpson 
    hurricane scale. Some fluctuations with an overall slight 
    strengthening is forecast during the next 24hours...and 
    Gustav could reach category five intensity during this
    period. Gustav is forecast to remain a major hurricane 
    through landfall along the northern Gulf Coast.
    Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles...
    110 km...from the center...and tropical storm force winds 
    extend outward up to 175 miles...280 km.
    The minimum central pressure recently reported by the 
    reconnaissance aircraft was 942 mb...27.82 inches.
    Coastal storm surge flooding of 18 to 23 feet above normal 
    tide levels...along with large and dangerous battering waves.

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