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Gustav nears Jamaica as New Orleans keeps watch

Published on August 28, 2008 4:37 AM | Comments

Another update, this one from the AP - they have a death toll of 23:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Gustav was heading toward Jamaica early Thursday while many miles away, residents in the New Orleans area watched it with a nervous eye.

A day after stalling off Haiti's coast, the tropical storm was centered about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east-northeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and moving toward the west-southwest near 8 mph (13 kph) at 2 a.m. EDT.

The storm was expected to pass very close to Jamaica later in the day, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It's maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph (75 kph). But was forecast to regain strength and the hurricane center said it could become a hurricane again by Friday.

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