Gustav Weakens But Could Become Hurricane Again

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Tropical Storm Gustav stalled in the Caribbean early today a day after hitting Haiti as a hurricane.

But the National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm could regain hurricane strength later in the day or on Thursday once it moves away from Haiti.

As of 5 a.m. Eastern, Gustav's maximum sustained winds were near 60 miles-per-hour with higher gusts. The storm was centered about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince. The storm hasn't moved much during the last few hours, but it's expected to continue moving toward the west-northwest.

As a hurricane, Gustav caused a killer landslide and dumped torrential rains on southern Haiti yesterday before weakening to a tropical storm.

Forecasters say Gustav could become a Category 2 hurricane with winds topping 96 miles-per-hour tomorrow as it moves between Cuba and Jamaica.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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