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Gustav Heads Past Cuba for Gulf After Drenching Haiti

Published on August 28, 2008 4:34 AM | Comments

Gustave took a pretty large toll of life on Hispaniola - 22 people - always sad to to see this kind of news. Here is and update from Bloomberg:

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Gustav churned across the Caribbean south of Cuba, bearing down on Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, as it headed on a track that may take it to the U.S. Gulf Coast region devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Gustav, which weakened from a hurricane as it passed over Haiti, is likely to regain power in the Caribbean and may intensify into a Category 3 hurricane or stronger as it enters the Gulf of Mexico by Aug. 30, forecasters say. Crude rose as the storm is expected to hit the Gulf's oil-producing region.

"The potential we see in this thing is pretty high," Dan Kottlowski, a meteorologist with private forecaster, said in an interview yesterday. "It would not take too much to make this a category 5 hurricane."

Gustav killed at least 22 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it passed over the island of Hispaniola, which they share, the Associated Press reported yesterday. A tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of southern Cuba.

The eye of Gustav, where sustained winds are almost 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, was 105 miles south-southwest of Guantanamo, Cuba, and 80 miles east-northeast of Kingston, Jamaica, just before 2 a.m. Miami time yesterday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.

It was moving west-southwest at about 8 mph on a path that should take it between Jamaica and Cuba today and tomorrow, the advisory said. Gustav may regain hurricane strength by tomorrow before 8 p.m. Miami time.

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