At 10 p.m. the center of hurricane Gustav was located near latitude 23.1 north…longitude 83.8 west, or over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico about 90 miles west of Havana Cuba and about 530 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Gustav is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On this track, the center of Gustav is forecast to move into the central Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and then make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph with higher gusts. Gustav is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. While Gustav has weakened during passage over Cuba, it is forecast to re-intensify during the next 24 hours as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Fluctuations in strength are likely after that time, but Gustav is forecast to remain a major hurricane through landfall along the northern gulf coast.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. The NOAA automated station at Pulaski shoal light Florida recently reported 10-minute winds of 51 mph with a gust to 67 mph.

A hurricane watch remains in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from east of High Island Texas eastward to the Alabama-Florida border, including the city of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours. Hurricane warnings will likely be required for parts of this area Sunday morning.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the lower Florida
Keys west of the seven mile bridge to the Dry Tortugas.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect along the panhandle coast of Florida from east of the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Ochlockonee River. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 948 mb…27.99 inches.

Rainfall associated with Gustav may begin to affect the central gulf coast region Sunday night.

Isolated tornadoes are possible tonight over the Florida Keys and the southern Florida peninsula.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane
Center at 1 am followed by the next complete advisory at 400 am.

There are unofficial reports from Pinar del Rio province of winds near these estimates.  Some fluctuations with an overall slight strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours 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.

 Gustav is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and this general motion is expected to continue during the next couple of days.  On this track the center of Gustav will emerge into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico during the next few hours and reach the northern Gulf on Monday.

 Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.  

 The minimum central pressure reported by an air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft as Gustav was making landfall was 941 mb…27.79 Inches.

 Coastal storm surge flooding of 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels, long with large and dangerous battering waves, is possible near where the center of Gustav crosses western Cuba including the Isle of Youth.  Storm surge of 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels is possible in the Dry Tortugas as Gustav passes to its west.

 Gustav is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches across central and western Cuba with isolated maximum amounts of up to 20 inches possible.  These rains will likely produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.  Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible over Florida Keys and extreme southern Florida.  Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible over the Cayman Islands.

 Isolated tornadoes are possible tonight over the Florida keys and the southern Florida peninsula.

At 10 p.m. the center of hurricane Gustav was located near latitude 23.1 north…longitude 83.8 west, or over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico about 90 miles west of Havana Cuba and about 530 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Gustav is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On this track, the center of Gustav is forecast to move into the central Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and then make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph with higher gusts. Gustav is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. While Gustav has weakened during passage over Cuba, it is forecast to re-intensify during the next 24 hours as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Fluctuations in strength are likely after that time, but Gustav is forecast to remain a major hurricane through landfall along the northern gulf coast.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. The NOAA automated station at Pulaski shoal light Florida recently reported 10-minute winds of 51 mph with a gust to 67 mph.

A hurricane watch remains in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from east of High Island Texas eastward to the Alabama-Florida border, including the city of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours. Hurricane warnings will likely be required for parts of this area Sunday morning.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the lower Florida
Keys west of the seven mile bridge to the Dry Tortugas.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect along the panhandle coast of Florida from east of the Alabama-Florida border eastward to the Ochlockonee River. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 948 mb…27.99 inches.

Rainfall associated with Gustav may begin to affect the central gulf coast region Sunday night.

Isolated tornadoes are possible tonight over the Florida Keys and the southern Florida peninsula.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane
Center at 1 am followed by the next complete advisory at 400 am.