Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gustav now a major hurricane



Just as predicted yesterday afternoon by the NHC, Gustav rapidly intensified to major hurricane status overninght.

As of 7 a.m. CT Gustav remains in Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, with winds of 120 miles per hour and pressure of 955 mb.

It attained this status just before 5 a.m. CT and was noted in this bulletin:

HURRICANE GUSTAV TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072008
600 AM EDT SAT AUG 30 2008


DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT
GUSTAV CONTINUES TO RAPIDLY STRENGTHEN AND NOW HAS MAXIMUM WINDS
NEAR 115 MPH...185 KM/HR 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.

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