Two significant tropical systems that will impact the United States have become better organized this evening. First, let’s look at Gustav.
Gustav had been looking ragged over the past few hours, but Gustav is looking much more organized this evening. Gustav has finally begun to form an eye once again as the hurricane moves over the warmest portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Gustav will continue to move towards the northwest and make a land fall along the west-central coast of Louisiana. Gustav is currently a strong category 3 hurricane, but has the potential to intensify before making landfall. Gustav will be capable of storm surges over 12 feet, sustained winds over 115 mph and gusts over 125 mph.
Meanwhile, tropical storm Hanna is finally starting to look like a tropical storm this evening. The low level circulation is becoming stronger while convection is becoming concentrated around the center of circulation. The upper level environment continues to become more favorable for development this afternoon and will likely do so in the next several days. Tropical Storm Hanna will likely go under some slightly strengthening over the next 24 hours and will begin to turn north towards the end of the week.