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Breaking News: Gustav Now Category Three Hurricane

Posted by feww on August 30, 2008

Latest Update: Gustav Now a Category Four Hurricane, as Forecast

Gustav Strengthened to a Dangerous Category Three Hurricane

As of a Few minutes ago Gustav strengthened to a dangerous category three hurricane, National Hurricane Center reported.

Hurricane Gustav Tropical Cyclone Update
NWS TPC/National Hurricane Center Miami Fl   Al072008
06:00 EDT (02:00 UTC) Sat Aug 30 2008

… Gustav continues to rapidly strengthen and now has maximum winds near 185 km/hr (115 mph) with higher gusts.  This makes Gustav a dangerous category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane
scale, the second major hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.  Forecaster Blake/Avila


Hurricane Gustav – Category 3 – GOES (still satellite image printed for comparison) Rainbow Color Enhancement IR CH 4. Credit: NOAA – NHC


GEOS Floater (updated) Rainbow Color Enhancement IR CH 4. Credit: NOAA – NHC

Based on the FEWW model, Moderators believe there’s a very strong probability that Gustav, as he gets closer to the Isle of Youth, could strengthen to a category four hurricane within the next 12 hours before making landfall in the west-southwestern Cuba. There’s a medium to strong probability that Gustav could remain a category four hurricane as it leaves Cuba and strengthen to a giant category five hurricane within the next 24 to 36 hours, after it enters the southern Gulf of Mexico.

Watch this space!

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2 Responses to “Breaking News: Gustav Now Category Three Hurricane”

  1. REBECCA said

    WOW THAT IS POWERFUL. I HOPE THOSE WHO WERE THERE MANAGED TO SURVIVE. IT IS SCARY TO THINK THIS CAN HIT YOUR HOUSE.
    BECCA

    • feww said

      Gustav was the second most destructive hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. About 160 people were killed as a result both in the U.S. and the Caribbean. It also forced up to 3.5 million people to evacuate, causing as much a $7 billion in damages in the US, Cuba and Jamaica.

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