Friday, August 29, 2008

Gustav to be 4 days later and 3 letters earlier than Katrina anniversary

NVDL: Friday marks the anniversary of 2005's catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. Gustav is expected to make landfall 4 days later than the anniversary, possibly Tuesday. Meanwhile in terms of busy-ness, the 2008 storm season is catching up to the record breaking year that was 2005. Hannah is already rising behind Gustav. To have two Hurricanes simultaneously (in July we saw even more systems) is unprecedented. Gustav didn't look as threatening as Hurricane Ivan, which destroyed 70 per cent of Grand Cayman's buildings four years ago, said Theresa Foster, one of the owners of the Grand Caymanian Resort.
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As of 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, the storm carried winds of 110 km/h and was dumping heavy rains, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.
Oil prices jumped above $120 US a barrel on fears that the storm could affect production in the Gulf area, home to 4,000 oil rigs and half of the United States' refining capacity.
"If we have a Katrina-type event, you're talking about gas prices going up another 30 per cent."
Gustav is expected to become a Category 2 hurricane as it moves between Cuba and Jamaica, then head toward the U.S. Gulf Coast as a dangerous Category 3 hurricane next week after passing over warm waters.
But forecasters warned that the average error in five-day forecasts is about 500 kilometres in either direction, meaning the storm could hit anywhere from south Texas to the Florida panhandle.
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