Gustav Weakens to Category 2 as It Nears La. Coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hurricane Gustav is weakening slightly to a Category 2 storm as it nears landfall along the heavily evacuated Louisiana coast.

The National Hurricane Center says Gustav and its 110-mph winds should hit somewhere southwest of New Orleans by midday Monday.

The center of the storm was about 80 miles from the city as of 8 a.m.

Forecasters had feared the storm would arrive as a devastating Category 4 with much more powerful winds as it approached the vulnerable city.

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


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