Coast Guard units are gearing up this weekend to respond quickly to ensure search-and-rescue environmental responses, and recovery of the ports and waterways missions are met as Tropical Storm Gustav rolls through, according to Fox News.
Personnel, aircraft, and vessels will be moved out to the storm strike zone and extra assets throughout the Coast Guard have been identified to deploy if needed. Gustav soaked Jamaica Friday and was expected to strengthen possibly to “major hurricane” status, according the NationalHurricaneCenter — before striking western Cuba Saturday.
After churning through the Gulf of Mexico, Gustav is predicted to make landfall along the GulfCoast — Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama — sometime Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Tropical Storm Hanna was passing north of the Leeward Islands, heading west-northwest near 12 mph and forecast to pass north of the Virgin Island Puerto Rico through Saturday. Forecasters say Hanna could become a hurricane by Saturday night with a potential shift south-southwest toward the Bahamas.
For updates on Gustav and Hanna, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov
— Elizabeth Ellis