Tropical Storm Gustav Leaving Haiti, Expected to be a Strong Hurricane

As reported from

Gustav made landfall along the southern coast of Haiti yesterday afternoon as a hurricane. Since then, Gustav has been struggling with the high, rugged terrain of southwest Haiti. Overnight, Gustav weakened to a 60-mph tropical storm.

As of 8 a.m. EDT, the center of Gustav was located about 120 miles southeast of Guantanamo, Cuba, or just north of the southwestern peninsula of Haiti. The storm was edging toward the northwest at 5 mph. A gradual turn toward the WNW and then west is expected today along with a slow increase in forward speed. The storm is also forecast to intensify, likely becoming a hurricane once again late tonight or tomorrow.

Gustav should pass between Jamaica and the southeast coast of Cuba tomorrow.

Gustav may swirl into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend and may well threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast by Labor Day. While Gustav’s future strength is not certain at this time, it is expected to be a hurricane–possibly a major one–by the time it reaches the Gulf. All interests along the Gulf Coast should pay very close attention to this potentially dangerous storm.

Tropical storm warnings remain posted for Jamaica and much of Haiti. A hurricane warning is in effect for southeast Cuba. Hurricane watches have been issued for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic Basin, two other areas are being monitored for tropical cyclone development. One is located several hundred miles northeast of the Leeward Islands, and the other, a few hundred miles WSW of the Cape Verde Islands.

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