Gustav Continues to StrengthenMark Avery
, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
8:06 a.m. ET 8/26/2008
Hurricane Gustav continues to strengthen as it approaches the southern peninsula of Haiti.
Asof 8 a.m. EDT, the eye of Gustav was located about 75 miles
south-southeast of Port Au Prince, Haiti. Maximum sustained winds were
near 90 mph making the hurricane a category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson
Gustav was moving toward the northwest at 9 mph. A turn to the west-northwest and decrease in forward speed is expected tomorrow. Gustav will cross southwestern
peninsula of Haiti this afternoon, then approach southeastern Cuba
Hurricane warnings remain in effect from Barahona in the Dominican Republic west to Le Mole St. Nicholas in Haiti. Hurricane watches are posted for Jamaica,
southeastern Cuba (specifically, the provinces of Las Tunas, Granma,
Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo), and Haiti from Le Mole St.
Nicholas northward to the northern border with the Dominican Republic.
Elsewhere, Tropical Depression Fay continues to inundate much of the Southeast.
The center of the depression is forecast to track northeastward and
bring heavy rain to the southern Appalachians today. Flood watches are
posted for the eastern half of Tennessee, much of Georgia, eastern
Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and far western North and South
Carolina. Isolated tornadoes are possible, too.
In the eastern Pacific, Tropical Depression Julio has lost much of its
thunderstorm activity and is expected to degenerate into a remnant low
later today. As of 2 a.m. PDT, Julio was located about 110 miles
north-northwest of Santa Rosalia, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds
near 30 mph.
Meanwhile, in the Atlantic Ocean, two other areas are being monitored for tropical
cyclone development. One is located a couple of hundred miles
east-northeast of the Leeward Islands, and the other is just southwest
of the Cape Verde Islands.