Hurricane watch issued from Texas to Alabama

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for the northern Gulf Coast, from east of Highland, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida border.

A hurricane watch mean that hurricane conditions are possible in the area within 36 hours.

The watch was issued at 4 p.m.

What to do during a hurricane watch

—Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.

—Check emergency supplies.

—Fuel car.

—Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.

—Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outside antennas.

—Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.

—Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.

p>—Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.

—Review evacuation plan.

—Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tie downs to anchor trailer to the ground or house.

Latest advisories, tracking information

To read the complete watch advisory from the National Weather Service and to see the latest tracking on Gustav, click here.

To see the National Hurricane Center’s hurricane wind probabilities over the next 120 hours, click here.