Quoting:AT 4 PM CDT...2100 UTC...THE HURRICANE WARNING IS EXTENDED WESTWARD ALONG THE LOUISIANA AND TEXAS COASTS TO JUST EAST OF HIGH ISLAND TEXAS. A HURRICANE WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM JUST EAST OF HIGH ISLAND EASTWARD TO THE ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER...INCLUDING THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AND LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION.
GUSTAV IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME RE-INTENSIFICATION IS POSSIBLE TONIGHT. FLUCTUATIONS IN STRENGTH ARE LIKELY THEREAFTER...BUT GUSTAV IS FORECAST TO REMAIN A MAJOR HURRICANE UNTIL LANDFALL.
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 65 MILES...100 KM...FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 220 MILES...350 KM. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS SHOULD BEGIN TO SPREAD ONTO THE NORTHERN GULF COAST TONIGHT...WITH HURRICANE CONDITIONS STARTING TO SPREAD ONSHORE EARLY MONDAY MORNING.
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 TIDES IN THE DRY TORTUGAS SHOULD DIMINISH 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. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ABOUT AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE OVER FLORIDA KEYS AND SOUTH FLORIDA.
ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE CENTRAL GULF COAST TONIGHT.
You popped in as I was looking at the map.
Well I have heard from all my people.
By either luck of the draw or evac they are all out of the projected area.
THAT's a load off!...lol!
For privacy sake I'll post the DG'ers as OK after this is over.
My friends in FL are starting to see some action.
Basically clouds and a bit of wind.
Their attention is focusing now on the little lady just east of them.
Morning! Woke at 5am to check weather on tv and checked outside. It was windy and took 6 (mom's, two sisters's and mine) dogs out for their business before storm come. Feel drizzing rain a bit. Windy are here. I slept well. I will take nap later today under storm! :o)
My bro and bro in law still stay in New Iberia,LA.
I01 have my text #, she will let you know what s going on over there if power goes out.
The Weather Idiots are on The Weather Channel now...
You know the 'Look at me standing on a beach in a Hurricane' people.
It was funny to watch a guy getting blown across a Parking Lot in Gulfport...
In the background Gulls are just quietly going about their business...
sailing along in the wind... snatching up tidbits...
New Orleans is 95% evac'd
FL is now out of the mix... TS Storm warnings only now.
Oil prices are falling fast.
Here on the TX/LA line all is well, no rain or winds yet last I checked they are on the other side of Lake Charles. Might still lose power but I wouldn't think it would be a large area or for more than a day tops. Flooding is still possible because as others have posted it seems Gustav wants to take his own sweet time.
I expect most of my neighbors will be home by afternoon in the morning at the latest, but right now all of them are calling to see how the weather is. *G* I have a LOT of neighbors...
We've sailed through this, so we must have had luck on our side. I've had worse weather on a normal day...last week comes to mind. We've had a lazy day with sprinkles and light wind so we've been watching VH1 and being bums. Wind is picking up a bit now but nothing major, the DH is wishing for ice cream so I think he's going to go wander around town to find a gas station open.
This just came from accuweather.com. If anyone is going out to work Please be careful. My Friend has to drive over the Fred Hartman Bridge early in the morning. I told her to be careful. On the overpasses and bridges it will be felt.
AS GUSTAV APPROACHES EAST TEXAS...WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 30
MPH ACROSS TRINITY...POLK...SAN JACINTO...LIBERTY...AND CHAMBERS
COUNTIES LATER TONIGHT. GUSTS TO 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE IN RAIN
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ANAHUAC...CLEVELAND...COLDSPRING...
632 PM CDT MON SEP 1 2008
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT TUESDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A
WIND ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT TUESDAY.
NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH WILL DEVELOP LATER THIS EVENING
AND PERSIST INTO TUESDAY MORNING AS GUSTAV APPROACHES FROM
LOUISIANA. WIND GUSTS TO 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE IN RAIN BANDS.
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 MPH ARE
EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...
ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
I've been keeping up with Tricia. Just heard from her a bit ago ... PTL her place in New Iberia,LA, is okay. :) Her brother has been in touch with her. :) She says they're doing fine. It was pretty bad for them earlier. Thank goodness she evacuated 65 miles up to Baton Rouge. Glad her home is safe!
Hugs and prayers to everyone else. Whew ... breathing easier now!
I'm a mile N of I-10 right at the MS/AL border. I had a 45 min power outage about 5am. Breezy with moderate gusts and intermittent mostly light rain all day. All the coastal counties in MS are under a dusk to dawn curfew. There were tornado warnings and lots of tree debris. There are a few roads closed from storm surge. Many streets had short term flooding. A few houses got water. Large numbers of people evacuated. I have 21 vehicles parked in my high and dry yard for safe keeping. My daughter lives in Biloxi and never lost power but did lose cable for about 2 hours this afternoon.
All is well, I think. I've spoken to a few people on the phone and the mood is joyful. It has been a
very tense several days and it feels good to get past it.
"Measured 100mph wind at the house on the back porch... there's a pine tree wider than both our arms around down in the back yard... power's out... it's still raining.. and yet the salvia's blooming in the front yard like nothing is even going on."
Hello!!!! Here I am at my friend house in Broussard,LA. The boys are back home with me. My ex brought them back to me. Miss my boys. I got news that my home is fine and no damage even have power!!!! I am going back home tomorrow morning, only 20 miles. When I arrived in this town, not much damage... but East Baton Rouge got hit worst where I stayed at sister house. I wish I have stayed here instead go over there. But I enjoyed spending the time with my two sisters and my Mom. We had a good time and spent together.
Susan. Thank you so much for keep in touch with me in this hurricane Gustav! I am much relieved now.
My sister in BR have no power. Hope she will have power soon! Lots of trees down. Remind me of Hurricane Rita and Andrew.