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Gustav Heads to Open Water After Swamping Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - The spinning core of Gustav was expected to move back over open water today, a day after bearing down on southern Jamaica.

The tropical storm hit Jamaica yesterday, drenching the island with heavy rain that triggered landslides and flooding. Gustav earlier caused 67 deaths in Hispaniola. Texas and Louisiana put their national guards on standby.

At 8 a.m. Eastern, the storm was centered near Jamaica's western coast, about 100 miles west of Kingston and moving toward the west-northwest near 8 miles-per-hour. Gustav's maximum sustained winds were near 65 miles-per-hour with higher gusts. But forecasters say it could strengthen into a hurricane before slamming into Grand Cayman today.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Hanna is churning farther out in the Atlantic, but forecasters say the storm is poorly organized.

Hanna's maximum sustained winds were near 50 miles-per-hour this morning. Forecasters say Hanna could become a hurricane in the next
few days.

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


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