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.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Latest update (about one hour ago) on Gustav...incredibly strong storm.
at 4:01 PM