HURRICANE GUSTAV DOWNGRADED - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

HURRICANE GUSTAV DOWNGRADED

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hurricane Gustav is now a Category-2 storm. The National Hurricane Center says the storm's winds weakened 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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