Gustav swells to dangerous Cat 3 storm off Cuba

This image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Gustav taken at 6:55 a.m. EDT Saturday Aug. 30, 2008. Gustav swelled to a fearsome Category 3 hurricane early Saturday with winds of 115 mph as it approached western Cuba on a track to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast three years after Hurricane Katrina. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami called the storm ‘dangerous’ and said it had reached the status of a major hurricane, the second one of this Atlantic season after Bertha in July. 5 a.m. EDT Saturday, Gustav’s eye had left the Caymans behind and was about 255 miles east-southeast of the western tip of Cuba. It was moving northwest near 12 mph. (AP Photo/NOAA)

Sea and the Waves Roaring

“……….the sea and the waves roaring;”
—Luke 21:25b

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Gustav swelled to a fearsome Category 3 hurricane early Saturday with winds of 115 mph as it approached western Cuba on a track to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast three years after Hurricane Katrina.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami called the storm “dangerous” and said it had reached the status of a major hurricane, the second one of this Atlantic season after Bertha in July.

Gustav, which killed 71 people in the Caribbean, rolled over the Cayman Islands Friday with fierce winds that tore down trees and power lines. It was expected to cross Cuba’s cigar country Saturday and head into the Gulf of Mexico by Sunday.

Gustav first struck Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, the smaller easternmost “Sister Islands” in the chain. Storm surge and heavy rains flooded the streets.

Two people were knocked down by huge waves as they tried to take pictures of the storm on Little Cayman, but there were no other immediate reports of injuries, said Hemant Balgobin, disaster manager for the Red Cross in the British territory.

There were reports of damaged homes in Cayman Brac and flooding throughout the islands but authorities had not yet fully assessed the situation, said Balgobin, who was on Grand Cayman, the largest in the chain.

“Things weren’t really as bad as they could have been,” he said.

More than 1,100 people spent the night in government shelters in the three islands as high waves and heavy winds battered the chain, the National Emergency Operations Center said in a statement. Most people hunkered down in private homes or hotels.

By 5 a.m. EDT Saturday, Gustav’s eye had left the Caymans behind and was about 255 miles east-southeast of the western tip of Cuba. It was moving northwest near 12 mph.

Caymans authorities did not impose a curfew but urged people to remain indoors to avoid interfering with emergency workers.

Hotels asked guests to leave and, after the airport closed, prepared to shelter those who remained. Chris Smith, of Frederick, Maryland, said his hotel handed out wrist bands marked with guests’ names and room numbers so that “if something happens they can quickly identify us.”

“That was a little bit sobering,” he said, standing outside the hotel with his luggage.

The storm killed four people in a daylong march across the length of Jamaica, where it ripped off roofs and downed power lines. About 4,000 people were displaced from their homes, with about half relocated to shelters. Prime Minister Bruce Golding said the government sent helicopters Friday to rescue 31 people trapped by floods.

At least 59 people died in Haiti and eight in the Dominican Republic.

Gustav could strike the U.S. Gulf coast anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to Texas, but forecasters said there is a better-than-even chance that New Orleans will get slammed by at least tropical-storm-force winds.

As much as 80 percent of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and gas production could be shut down as a precaution if Gustav enters as a major storm, weather research firm Planalytics predicted. Oil companies have already evacuated hundreds of workers from offshore platforms.

Retail gas prices rose Friday for the first time in 43 days as analysts warned that a direct hit on Gulf energy infrastructure could send pump prices hurtling toward $5 a gallon. Crude oil prices ended slightly lower in a volatile session as some traders feared supply disruptions and others bet the U.S. government will release supplies from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Gustav was projected to hit Cuba’s Isle of Youth, then cross the main island into the Gulf of Mexico by Sunday. Cuban state television announced that effective Saturday, all buses and trains to and from Havana will be suspended until further notice.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Hanna was projected to curl westward into the Bahamas by early next week. It had sustained winds near 50 mph early Saturday.

Along the U.S. Gulf Coast, most commemorations of the Katrina anniversary were canceled because of Gustav, but in New Orleans a horse-drawn carriage took the bodies of Katrina’s last seven unclaimed victims to burial.

President Bush declared an emergency in Louisiana, a move that allows the federal government to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance in storm-affected areas.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said an evacuation order was likely, though not before Saturday, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it expects a “huge number” of Gulf Coast residents will be told to leave the region this weekend.

  1. Ernest Gregoire, 30 August, 2008

    Hurricane Gustav has winds of 150 MPH. It will hit New Orleans at 2PM Monday.
    This is a category 4 storm as it stands now. It has the potential to become a category 5.

    The first thing the people of New Orleans did after Hurricane Katrina was to have a homosexual parade in the streets. They did not thank God that their lives were spared in the storm. Mardi Gras took place with all its debauchery as usual.

    This weekend marks the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina all but wiping out New Orleans. Some say it just a coincidence. Maybe it is! New Orleans is certainly no stranger to them. But in these End Times, I wonder? Maybe it is God’s judgment!

  2. Linda, 31 August, 2008

    Palestinian media: Rice urging division of Jerusalem
    Posted: August 29, 2008
    12:30 am Eastern
    By Aaron Klein
    © 2008 WorldNetDaily

    JERUSALEM – In her visit here earlier this week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed Israel to sign a document by the end of the year that would divide Jerusalem by offering the Palestinians a state in Israel’s capital city as well as in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to multiple reports yesterday in major official Palestinian Authority media outlets. . .

    This administration just doesn’t get it!
    What was going on in Israel when Katrina hit? The U.S. had pushed Israel to evacuate thousands of Jews from their homes in Gaza so it could be turned over to the Palestinians.

    (for new readers at In The Days, Bill Koenig’s book “Eye to Eye – Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel” goes into great detail documenting the natural disasters that have hit our country whenever we apply presssure on Israel to give up her GOD-given land, including the “Perfect Storm”.)

  3. jen-o, 31 August, 2008


    i think your assessment is right on!


  4. Carrie, 31 August, 2008

    Linda, you are so on target as to this storm Gustav as well as others if we continue to push Israel to divide her land. When will they wake up! What judgement will God send next – earthquakes? If so, is this when the New Madrid fault raises its’ ugly head and divides OUR land?

  5. Remnant, 31 August, 2008

    Go Linda and Ernest!

  6. joy b, 31 August, 2008


    I have not read the book, but would like to. I have in the past checked out dates. I found the date of when the Israeli army started throwing their own people out of their homes correlates with the formation of katrina.

    You explain why america is being cursed and ernest explains why new orleans was the target.

  7. joy b, 01 September, 2008

    gustav has come ashore. Nothing has been signed yet. Maybe gustov is a warning shot.

  8. Jennifer, 02 September, 2008

    From The Miami Herald
    Tropical quartet: 4 storms with more to come
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    WASHINGTON — The tropics seem to be going crazy what with the remnants of Gustav, the new threat from Hanna, a strengthening Ike and newcomer Josephine. Get used to it.

    Hurricane experts say all the weather ingredients, which normally fluctuate, are set on boil for the formation of storms. And it’s going to stay that way for a while, they said.

    Four named storms at the same time is a bit odd, but not unprecedented, meteorologists said. In 1995 five named storms lived simultaneously. And in 1998 there were four hurricanes at the same. But wait and see what happens next.

    “Give us time, this is only Tuesday,” said meteorologist Dennis Feltgren, spokesman for an all-too-busy hurricane center in Miami.

    The peak of hurricane season isn’t until Sept. 10 and this season already has 10 named storms, which is the long-term average for an entire season.

    “Normally in an active season, there are bunches of hurricanes and lulls. It just doesn’t seem like there’s been bunches of lulls. I sure hope we’re not talking (hurricanes) Christmas Eve,” said meteorology professor Hugh Willoughby at Florida International University.

    Two hurricane prognosticators – including William Gray, who pioneered the field of storm season forecasts – predicted Tuesday that this month would be almost twice as busy as an average September. They forecast five named storms, four of them hurricanes and two of them major.

    These latest predictions cover only September and are not a revision of the season-long forecast, which called for a total of nine Atlantic hurricanes through November.

    The wind and water conditions that led to the September update will likely continue for the next month or so, said Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University, co-author of the new report. But if history is any guide, those conditions should change sometime in October, he said.

    Wind shear – wind coming from a different direction at high altitude – often weakens a hurricane or at least puts the lid on some developing storms. But at the moment, the only wind shear in the entire Atlantic hurricane region is around Hanna, Feltgren said. So a major factor keeping other storms from forming or strengthening is absent, he said.

    Waves of clouds and thunderstorms this time of year head westward from northern Africa every couple days. Some become tropical storms and hurricanes and others just die down. Gustav, Hanna, Ike and Josephine all started as those waves. What’s different right now is that all those waves from Africa head right into a brew of air and water conditions ideal for strengthening, Klotzbach.

    First, in the deep tropics, certain winds are blowing from the west and in the subtropics they are coming from the east, creating a propensity for spinning in between – which is the main hurricane development region – Klotzbach said. The current “spin factor” is among the top 20 percent in history, he said.

    Add to that the fact that water temperatures are slightly warmer than normal, Klotzbach and Feltgren said. Warm water serves as fuel for storms.

    And finally, Klotzbach factored into his forecast how the season has already been so far this year: Extremely busy. That means the atmosphere is unstable, which is good for storm development. He said the atmospheric pressure in the hurricane formation area is among the lowest it has ever been and storms are giant low pressure systems.

    So Klotzbach advises to keep watching those waves coming off Africa: “There may be one today or tomorrow. But certainly today we have enough to worry about with Hanna, Ike, Josephine and Gustav remnants to keep us all busy.”

  9. Jana, 04 September, 2008

    Look up HAARP fellow Christians!!!!

  10. Carrie M. Boyer, 22 September, 2008

    I looked up HAARP. It’s benign. Look up Scripture; however, and find that God’s Spirit will not always strive with man. Throughout history the nations and peoples that give up on God/reject God’s protection and benevelocence eventually are destroyed or brought to vassal status. God honors their free will rejection of Him by removing His Hand of Protecton (because they want it that way), and then Satan (whom the people actually worship) is allowed free reign to do what he does best, which is destroy, whether it be via weather, financial collapse, disease/pestilence, etc.

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