Aug
28
2008

Tropical Storm Gustav nears hurricane strength

5-Day Track Forecast Cone: 5-Day Track Forecast Cone: The black line and dots show the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast track of the center at the times indicated.
5-Day Track Forecast Cone: 5-Day Track Forecast Cone: The black line and dots show the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast track of the center at the times indicated.Courtesy NOAA
Tropical storm Gustav is nearing hurricane strength as it is about to hit Jamica on its way to the Gulf Coast. Gustav has already been responsible for 23 deaths in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

After striking Haiti as a Category One hurricane on Tuesday Gustav weakened to a tropical storm but is gathering strength again.

Satellite image of Gustav
Satellite image of GustavCourtesy NOAA
As the storm approaches the Gulf Coast is it possible it could make landfall near New Orleans. Current predictions place it just to the east, but folks in New Orleans are bracing for it all the same. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency yesterday and announced plans to begin evacuating coastal areas. Forecasters warned that the average error in landfall predictions at this point is about 300 miles, meaning Gustav could hit anywhere from southern Texas to the Florida panhandle.

Oil prices rose as a result of the possible impact the storm could have on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Some oil companies have already been evacuating crews from oil rigs.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

a friend from new orleans asked for positive thoughts sent New Orleans way as this hurricane approaches

posted on Fri, 08/29/2008 - 3:23pm
bryan kennedy's picture

MSNBC has a well done interactive that lets you track Gustav's past and predicted path, as well as its intensity.

posted on Sun, 08/31/2008 - 10:44am
Tricia's picture
Tricia says:

Cool stuff. I never thought it would be this cool, But I did used to have night mares about Tornadoes so that didn't help a whole lot.
TTYL

posted on Sun, 08/31/2008 - 11:00am
Mj's picture
Mj says:

This is the best exhibit at the Field Museum. Everyone shouold come see it. All the things are really interesting and cool.

posted on Mon, 09/01/2008 - 1:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hurrican g is a lot of hot air...lolz

posted on Mon, 09/08/2008 - 11:06am

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