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MIAMI, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Hurricane Gustav could strengthen into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm before or shortly after it crosses Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday. (Reporting by Jane Sutton; Editing by Chris Wilson)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The FEMA chief now says Gustav has strengthened to a Category 5 storm. Category 5 is the strongest storm rating.
The National Hurricane Center on Saturday called Gustav an
"extremely dangerous" storm. The increase in the storm's
intensity comes as people line up for buses to take them out of New Orleans. Traffic is also heavier on main highways out of the city as residents head north.
New Orleans has yet to call for a mandatory evacuation, but
began ushering out the sick, elderly and those without their own transportation.
Originally posted by jamie83
Let's start the clock now. It's 3:33 EST. How many minutes before somebody posts that Gustav is the result of global warming?
How many more minutes before Bush is blamed for Gustav?
000 WTNT32 KNHC 301805 TCPAT2 BULLETIN HURRICANE GUSTAV SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER 24 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL072008 200 PM EDT SAT AUG 30 2008 ...
GUSTAV BECOMES AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE... ...WESTERN EYEWALL DIRECTLY IMPACTING THE ISLE OF YOUTH...
FEMA officials said Bill Read, the director of the National Hurricane Center, interrupted an afternoon teleconference involving the agency, Gulf Coast states and the National Weather Service to say he is going to issue a special advisory statement raising Gustav to Category 5. That means winds greater than 155 mph and a storm surge greater than 18 feet above normal.