Triangle still under evacuation orders as Gustav gets closer to coast
At 10 pm the center of hurricane Gustav was located near latitude 27.3 north…longitude 88.1 west or about 220 miles southeast of New Orleans, La. and about 310 miles southeast of Lafayette, La. Maximum sustained winds are up to 115 mph which is a category three hurricane. Hurricane warning extends west to High Island which includes the Golden Triangle.
Mandatory evacuation of the Golden Triangle is still in effect and continues.
The City of Orange is requesting any person needing transportation out of the area due to the hurricane is being asked to report to the Lamar College Orange Student Center at 415 Green Avenue. The city intends to continue evacuating those that need transportation as long as there are buses available and it is safe to do so.
North bound evacuation routes remain clear, I-10 west in East Chambers County are clogged with Louisiana traffic, clearing past Trinity river.
Gustav is moving toward the northwest near 16 mph. This general motion is expected to continue with a decrease in forward speed during the next couple of days. On forecast track…Gustav should make landfall on the northern gulf coast on Monday. Projected landfall near Houma, La., Monday morning to noon.
Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph with higher gusts. Gustav is a category three hurricane. Some intensification is forecast tonight. Gustav is forecast to remain a major hurricane until landfall.
Gustav is a large tropical cyclone. Hurricane force winds extend
Outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 220 miles.
An extremely dangerous storm surge of 10 to 14 feet above normal tidal levels is expected near and to the east of where the center of Gustav crosses the northern gulf coast. Above normal tide levels in the Dry Tortugas should deminish tonight..
Gustav is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches over portion of Louisiana…southern Mississippi and southern Arkansas…with isolated maximum amounts of up to 20 inches possible through Wednesday morning.
Isolated tornadoes are possible over the central gulf coast tonight.