Sunday Evening Weather Update; 8:15 p.m.

Gustav Forecast Cone

Hanna Forecast Cone

A good Sunday evening to you! The weather is beginning to go downhill for much of south Louisiana and Mississippi, as tropical rain bands move into the area. There have been reports of a 44 mph wind gust in Gulfport, MS. Closer to home, there was an estimated wind gust close to 70 MPH in Elmore County, which is just north of Montgomery. Trees were also reported down in that area. So far, there has been no word on whether or not that was a tornado. That storm is moving westward through Chilton County.

The latest advisory has the pressure in Gustav lowering, which is a sign of intensification. It is a category 3 hurricane, with winds of 115 mph. It is not out of the question that it could develop into a category 4 before moving into southeast Louisiana tomorrow morning.

In the Tuscaloosa area, we will see more rain develop and move into the area. With the rain, we will have some breezy conditions, with an isolated tornado warning possible. We will be on the northeast side of Gustav, so that puts us under the risk for some tornadic storms to fire up tomorrow and Tuesday. Much like what we dealt with when Fay moved through, we could see some brief, spin-up tornadoes. Keep an eye to our television station for the latest watches and warnings on our crawl. Also, we will have frequent weather updates on the blog page over the next few days. If a tornado warning is issued for our area, we will break into programming; also, we stream severe weather coverage on Catfish 102.9 fm.

The rain will finally move out Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Skies will really clear out by then, with highs in the upper 80s. There is still a chance for a stray storm on through the weekend, with mostly sunny skies. We will have a full update tonight at 10 p.m. on our live newscast. Be sure to join us then!

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We know that numerous evacuees from neighboring states may be visiting West Alabama late in the weekend. If you have friends or family evacuating, or if you are an evacuee planning on visiting West Alabama over the weekend, be sure to listen to our partner station “Welcome 103.3 FM” for streaming information on hotels/places to stay. We also provide weather for all of the hotels on the station “Traveln Alabama.” Click here for streaming coverage and plenty information on places stay. If severe weather conditions develop locally you can always count on detailed weather coverage with our partners at Catfish 102.9 FM!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

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8 p.m. Advisory on Gustav

700 PM CDT SUN AUG 31 2008

…GUSTAV CONTINUES NORTHWESTWARD…TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ABOUT
TO REACH THE SOUTHEASTERN TIP OF LOUISIANA…

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS 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.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM EAST OF THE
ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER TO THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER.  A TROPICAL
STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 700 PM CDT…0000Z…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE GUSTAV WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 26.9 NORTH…LONGITUDE 87.7 WEST OR ABOUT 175 MILES…
280 KM…SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.
THIS POSITION IS ABOUT 260 MILES…415 KM…SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF NEW
ORLEANS LOUISIANA.

GUSTAV IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 17 MPH…27 KM/HR.  THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD
SPEED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK…
GUSTAV SHOULD MAKE LANDFALL ON THE NORTHERN GULF COAST ON MONDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 115 MPH…185 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. GUSTAV IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE. SOME INTENSIFICATION IS FORECAST TONIGHT…AND GUSTAV IS
FORECAST TO BE A MAJOR HURRICANE UNTIL LANDFALL.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES…110 KM…FROM
THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 220
MILES…350 KM.  DATA FROM HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT
THE AREA COVERED BY HURRICANE FORCE WINDS HAS EXPANDED…
PARTICULARLY IN THE NORTHWEST QUADRANT OF GUSTAV.  TROPICAL STORM
CONDITIONS ARE ABOUT TO REACH THE SOUTHEASTERN TIP OF LOUISIANA…
AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE COASTLINE AFTER
MIDNIGHT. 

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE ESTIMATED FROM AIR FORCE RESERVE
HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT DATA IS 952 MB…28.11 INCHES.

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 PORTIONS OF LOUISIANA…SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI AND
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO 20
INCHES POSSIBLE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.  

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE CENTRAL GULF COAST TONIGHT.

REPEATING THE 700 PM CDT POSITION…26.9 N…87.7 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD…NORTHWEST NEAR 17 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…115 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…952 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER AT 1000 PM CDT.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

4 PM Advisory on Gustav

…GUSTAV MOVING QUICKLY NORTHWESTWARD OVER THE CENTRAL GULF OF
MEXICO…HURRICANE WARNING EXTENDED WESTWARD…

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.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM EAST OF THE
ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER TO THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER.  A TROPICAL
STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

AT 5 PM EDT…2100 UTC…THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS DISCONTINUED
FOR THE DRY TORTUGAS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 400 PM CDT…2100Z…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE GUSTAV WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 26.4 NORTH…LONGITUDE 87.3 WEST OR ABOUT 215 MILES…
350 KM…SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

GUSTAV IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH…30 KM/HR.  THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD
SPEED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK…
GUSTAV SHOULD MAKE LANDFALL ON THE NORTHERN GULF COAST ON MONDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 115 MPH…185 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  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.

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY AN AIR FORCE RESERVE
HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT IS 957 MB…28.26 INCHES.

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.

REPEATING THE 400 PM CDT POSITION…26.4 N…87.3 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD…NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…115 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…957 MB.

AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER AT 700 PM CDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 1000
PM CDT.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Sunday Morning Thoughts; 10:57 a.m.

Gustav Forecast Cone

Hanna Forecast Cone

Things are certainly looking grim for our friends in the New Orleans area. Major Hurricane Gustav is churning northwestward across the central Gulf of Mexico. The 11 a.m. advisory has winds of 120 mph. It has weakened some overnight, but is still an extremely dangerous storm. Drier air in the mid levels of the atmosphere has moved into the storm, so some disorganization took place last night. This could keep the storm from strengthening much more, so that would be great news, but as the storm continues to move across the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it is expected to regain Category 4 status prior to landfall. The latest track brings Gustav ashore early tomorrow morning, with hurricane forced winds expected as far east as Gulf Shores. There are hurricane warnings in place for the Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana gulf coast. Also, inland tropical storm warnings extend into southwest Alabama. This doesn’t include counties in our viewing area, but don’t be surprised to see winds gusting to tropical storm force over Marengo and Sumter Counties.

Here in the Tuscaloosa area, expect breezy conditions, with winds gusting to 30 mph. We will have some showers banding into the area on Monday and Tuesday. With us being on the northeastern side of the storm, the threat for a few spin-up tornadoes are possible. The damaging winds and flooding rains will be west of Alabama. Places over south Mississippi and Louisiana will see the worst weather. Southern Marengo County could see rainfall totals approaching 1 inch. Again, any track further eastward could greatly change our forecast. Anytime there is a major hurricane in the gulf, expect the unexpected. If anything changes in our forecast, we will be sure to let you know about it. Keep an eye on our blog page and our television station. If warnings pop up Monday and Tuesday, our bug will be shown on the television. Also, if a tornado warning is issued, we will break into programming. Anytime we do severe weather coverage, we simulcast on Catfish 102.9. Be sure to keep it right here for more on Gustav and your latest forecast. Have a great Sunday!

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We know that numerous evacuees from neighboring states may be visiting West Alabama late in the weekend. If you have friends or family evacuating, or if you are an evacuee planning on visiting West Alabama over the weekend, be sure to listen to our partner station “Welcome 103.3 FM” for streaming information on hotels/places to stay. We also provide weather for all of the hotels on the station “Traveln Alabama.” Click here for streaming coverage and plenty information on places stay. If severe weather conditions develop locally you can always count on detailed weather coverage with our partners at Catfish 102.9 FM!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion; 6:46 p.m.

Gustav Forecast Cone

Hanna Forecast Cone

I hope your Saturday has gone well! The weather over the next few days will depend on the track of Gustav. The center of the storm is crossing Cuba and will be moving into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico over the next couple of hours. The storm has moved a little quicker than expected over the past 24 hours, so the timing of landfall has changed to midday on Monday. The general track remains to our west, which will put us on the right side of the storm. Even if the center moves ashore over southeastern Louisiana, we will see showers and storms move in from the gulf. Gusty winds can be expected, with winds gusting to tropical storm force over our southwestern counties, such as Marengo and Sumter. Any shift eastward in that track could place Alabama in a risk for stronger winds and heavier rainfall, so be sure to stay with us throughout the weekend as we continue to track Gustav.

The storm is expected to become a Category 5 hurricane, so we won’t take our eyes off the storm until the danger is over. The exact timing and placement of landfall could still change, but the latest track brings Gustav ashore just to the southwest of New Orleans. The Alabama Gulf Coast has been placed under a hurricane watch, so hurricane forced winds are possible for Gulf Shores and Dolphin Island on Monday and Tuesday. Conditions there will begin to deteriorate Sunday night and into Monday morning for that area.

In the Tuscaloosa area, there is a good chance for rain on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. With clouds around, our temperatures will remain in the middle 80s. Also, there is a chance we could see a few spin-up tornadoes early next week. There will be a lot of folks out for Labor Day, so you need to keep an eye to the weather incase any warnings are issued. You can check into our blog page and flip to our television channel for our weather bug and crawl. If there are any tornado warnings, we will be on continuous coverage until the warnings are gone. Also, we stream continuous severe weather coverage on our local fm radio station; Catfish 102.9.

Also, we are watching Tropical Storm Hanna, which could become a gulf storm by next weekend as well. We will be watching this activity over the next few days for possible impacts in our weather.

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We know that numerous evacuees from neighboring states may be visiting West Alabama late in the weekend. If you have friends or family evacuating, or if you are an evacuee planning on visiting West Alabama over the weekend, be sure to listen to our partner station “Welcome 103.3 FM” for streaming information on hotels/places to stay. We also provide weather for all of the hotels on the station “Traveln Alabama.” Click here for streaming coverage and plenty information on places stay. If severe weather conditions develop locally you can always count on detailed weather coverage with our partners at Catfish 102.9 FM!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

Gustav Is Now A Category 4 Hurricane! 1:00 p.m.

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

DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT
GUSTAV HAS CONTINUED TO STRENGTHEN AND NOW HAS MAXIMUM WINDS
NEAR 145 MPH…230 KM/HR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  THIS MAKES GUSTAV AN
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE SCALE.  A SPECIAL ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED AT ABOUT 200 PM
EDT TO MODIFY THE INITIAL AND FORECAST INTENSITIES.  THE SPECIAL
PUBLIC ADVISORY WILL TAKE THE PLACE OF THE INTERMEDIATE PUBLIC
ADVISORY PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR THAT TIME.

WVUA-TV’s Richard Scott

Saturday Morning Update; 9:04 a.m.

Gustav Forecast Cone

Hanna Forecast Cone

Good morning! Gustav is now a major hurricane, with winds of 120 mph. It rapidly organized last night and is still gaining strength; it could become a category 4 or even 5 hurricane later today. There is still a lot of uncertainty in its future path. Over the past few hours, Gustav has been moving north-northwest, which throws more uncertainties into the forecast. If it continues to take this path, then the landfall may be shifted a little eastward. This is bad news for New Orleans and possibly the Alabama gulf Coast.


As of 8 a.m., the track brings Gustav ashore early Tuesday morning over southeastern Louisiana. Again, this could change. If it stays on the projected path, we will see some breezy conditions and some showers and storms banding in from the gulf. With the placement of the low, there is a threat for a few tornadoes on Tuesday and Wednesday. A ridge north of us is forecasted to block Gustav from moving in our direction, but if the ridge weakens any, we could see some major changes. Be sure to stay with us as we continue to monitor the latest developments on Gustav.

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We know that numerous evacuees from neighboring states may be visiting West Alabama late in the weekend. If you have friends or family evacuating, or if you are an evacuee planning on visiting West Alabama over the weekend, be sure to listen to our partner station “Welcome 103.3 FM” for streaming information on hotels/places to stay. We also provide weather for all of the hotels on the station “Traveln Alabama.” Click here for streaming coverage and plenty information on places stay. If severe weather conditions develop locally you can always count on detailed weather coverage with our partners at Catfish 102.9 FM!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor