Gustav weakens to a tropical storm
National Weather Service, 10:00 p.m.
At 10 PM CDT all coastal warnings have been discontinued. At 10:00 p.m. the center of Tropical Storm Gustav was located near latitude 31.1 north, longitude 92.7 west or about 20 miles southwest of Alexandria.
Gustav is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph, and this motion is expected to continue with a decrease in forward speed over the next couple of days. This motion should bring the center of Gustav across western Louisiana tonight and into northeastern Texas on Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Continued weakening is forecast and Gustav is expected to become a tropical depression on Tuesday.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.
Estimated minimum central pressure is 978 mb 28.88 inches.
Storm surge flooding will continue to subside tonight.
Gustav is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches over portions of Louisiana, southern and western Mississippi, Arkansas, southern Missouri, southeast Oklahoma and northeastern Texas with isolated maximum amounts of up to 20 inches possible through Thursday.
A few tornadoes are possible over the lower Mississippi Valley and the central Gulf Coast tonight and early Tuesday.
For more information go to the National Hurricane Center.