Gustav's threat continues

Published 4:51 pm Sunday, August 31, 2008

By Staff
Hurricane Gustav continues to make its way through the Gulf of Mexico putting cities along the Gulf Coast stretching from Pensacola, Fla. and Morgan City, La. in its path.
"Gustav is expected to continue to track to the northwest through Monday," Escambia County Emergency Management Agency director David Adams said in a report at 4:55 p.m. Sunday. " On the current forecast track Gustav should make landfall around mid-day Monday. Alabama and Northwest Florida Gulf Coast are still in the danger zone. Conditions are favorable for strengthening through tonight and tomorrow morning."
According to Adams, Hurricane Gustav is currently located south of Pensacola and southeast of Morgan City, La. and moving to the northwest at 18 mph. Current sustained winds are 115 mph.
"I have received several inquiries on the local impact if the storm follows the forecast track," Adam said. "The forecast currently calls for 20-to-25 mile per hour winds through tonight and Monday, diminishing Monday evening or night. Rainfall totals for the event are expected to reach 1.5 to 3 inches. The biggest concern for Escambia County will be the possibility of tornadoes starting after midnight and lasting until sometime Monday night."
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– Staff Reports

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