Gustav weakens to Category 2

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hurricane Gustav is now a Category-2 storm.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm's top winds
weakened to Category-2 strength as the eyewall moved onto the
southeastern Louisiana coast.

Forecasters say reports from aircraft indicate that the top
sustained winds have decreased to near 110 miles an hour, with
higher gusts.

They say they don't expect any significant change in strength
before landfall, and that Gustav is expected to weaken after it
moves inland later today. The center of the storm is expected to
cross the Louisiana coast by midday.

Currently, the center is about 80 miles south-southwest of New
Orleans. It's moving to the northwest at about 16 miles an hour.

A hurricane warning remains in effect from near High Island,
Texas, eastward to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

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