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10 p.m. update from National Hurricane Center on Gustav

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HURRICANE GUSTAV ADVISORY NUMBER 30

NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072008

1000 PM CDT SUN AUG 31 2008

…GUSTAV CLOSING IN ON THE NORTHERN GULF COAST…

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM JUST EAST OF HIGH ISLAND

TEXAS EASTWARD TO THE ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER…INCLUDING THE CITY

OF NEW ORLEANS AND LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE

AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM EAST OF THE

ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER TO THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE

INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED

BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 1000 PM CDT…0300Z…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE GUSTAV WAS LOCATED

NEAR LATITUDE 27.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 88.1 WEST OR ABOUT 220 MILES…

360 KM…SOUTHEAST OF NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA AND ABOUT 310 MILES…

500 KM…SOUTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE LOUISIANA. THIS POSITION IS ALSO

ABOUT 180 MILES…285 KM…SOUTHEAST OF PORT FOURCHON ALONG THE

LOUISIANA COAST.

GUSTAV IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 16 MPH…26 KM/HR…AND

THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE PRIOR TO LANDFALL. ON THE

FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF GUSTAV WOULD REACH THE NORTHERN GULF

COAST DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS TOMORROW. A DECREASE IN FORWARD

SPEED IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR ON TUESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 115 MPH…185 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER

GUSTS. GUSTAV IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON

SCALE. A LITTLE STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE PRIOR TO LANDFALL.

GUSTAV IS A LARGE TROPICAL CYCLONE. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND

OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES…110 KM…FROM THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL

STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 220 MILES…350 KM.

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE ESTIMATED FROM NOAA AIRCRAFT

RECONNAISSANCE DATA WAS 954 MB…28.17 INCHES.

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 COAST.

GUSTAV IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO

12 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF LOUISIANA…SOUTHERN AND WESTERN

MISSISSIPPI…ARKANSAS AND NORTHEASERN TEXAS…WITH ISOLATED

MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO 20 INCHES POSSIBLE THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE CENTRAL GULF COAST TONIGHT.

REPEATING THE 1000 PM CDT POSITION…27.3 N…88.1 W. MOVEMENT

TOWARD…NORTHWEST NEAR 16 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…115 MPH.

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…954 MB.

AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE

CENTER AT 100 AM CDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 400

AM CDT.

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FORECASTER FRANKLIN