Gustav Now a Cat 3 Hurricane

Hurricane builds strength as it heads towards Cuba, Gulf Coast
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 30, 2008 8:02 AM CDT
A home is seen fallen into a swollen river caused by Tropical Storm Gustav in Kingston, Jamaica, Fri., Aug 29, 2008.    (Collin Reid)
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(Newser) – Gustav swelled to a fearsome Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph as it neared Cuba early today, the AP reports. The storm, which killed 71 people in the Caribbean, rolled over the Cayman Islands last night, with fierce winds that tore down trees and power lines, but there was little flooding. Gustav could strike the Gulf Coast anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to Texas, but forecasters said there is a better-than-even chance that New Orleans will get slammed.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said an evacuation order was likely as Gustav heads toward the Gulf Coast, and FEMA said it expects a "huge number" of Gulf Coast residents will be told to leave the region this weekend.