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Gustav Kills 11; US Gulf Coast Prepares

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Gustav swirled toward Cuba today after triggering flooding and landslides that killed at least 11 people in the Caribbean.

Its track pointed toward the U.S. Gulf coast, including Louisana where Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc three years ago.

Oil prices continued to rise because of the threat to offshore rigs responsible for a quarter of U.S. crude production.

Gustav diminished to a tropical storm over Haiti but was still dumping heavy rains as it moved west-northwest at 5 mph, and forecasters say it could regain hurricane strength as it passes between Cuba and Jamaica.

Top sustained winds were near 60 mph, with higher gusts, and the storm was centered about 110 miles west of Port-au-Prince and 125 miles southeast of Guantanamo.

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


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