August 28, 2008
Posted: 07:21 AM ET
Meteorologist Bob Van Dillen
What's up everybody. Just wanted to give you a heads up on Tropical Storm Gustav at 5:38 this morning … Tropical storm Gustav is on the move, just not exactly the direction that was anticipated today.
Louisiana has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of Tropical Storm Gustav.
The storm is moving towards the southwest right now, so instead of passing in between Jamaica and Cuba, it will go south of Jamaica today and then head into the Gulf on Sunday.
High pressure that is centered over Florida is pushing the storm southward now, but the high will move and weaken, allowing Gustav to head northwest again tomorrow.
The storm should turn into a hurricane by Saturday morning and rapidly strengthen into a major hurricane, a Category 3 with 115 MPH winds, by Monday. Hot sea-surface temps, no wind shear to blow it apart, and the fact that the track will not take Gustav over land leads me to believe this hurricane has the potential to be a monster. All the models take it to the northern gulf coast by Monday night/Tuesday morning. I’ll blog again tomorrow about the latest on Gustav.
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