Friday, August 29, 2008

PM Update: Gustav Near Hurricane Force

Tropical Storm Gustav is strengthening early this afternoon to near hurricane force. Maximum winds are 70 mph at 2 pm, based on aircraft reconnaissance, and the storm could become a Category 1 hurricane at any time. The storm has also expanded somewhat today; tropical storm force winds extend up to 140 miles from the center. Continued strengthening, possibly rapid, is expected.

The latest advisory places the center of Gustav 125 miles east southeast of Grand Cayman, moving west northwest at 11 mph. On its current track, the storm will pass near or over the Cayman Islands today, over western Cuba Saturday, and into the southern Gulf of Mexico Sunday.

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