Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Orleans Residents Watch The Storm With A Nervous Eye

Tropical Storm Gustav was heading toward Jamaica early Thursday while many miles away, residents in the New Orleans area watched it with a nervous eye. Meanwhile, a new tropical depression formed farther east in the Atlantic. A day after stalling off Haiti's coast, Gustav was centered about 80 miles east of Kingston, Jamaica, and moving toward the west-southwest near 8 mph at 5 a.m. EDT. The storm was expected to pass very close to Jamaica later in the day, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It's maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph. The tropical storm was forecast to regain strength and the hurricane center said it could become a hurricane again by Friday.

This image provided by NOAA taken at 3:45 a.m. EDT Thursday Aug. 28, 2008 shows Tropical Storm Gustav located about 80 miles east of Kingston Jamaica. Gustav is moving toward the southwest near 8 mph. The center of Gustav is expected to pass very close to Jamaica later today. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours and Gustav could regain hurricane strength by Friday. Further out in the Atlantic is Tropical Depression Eight. The newly formed tropical depression was located about 355 miles east-northeast of the northern leeward islands and is moving toward the west-northwest near 5 mph a turn to the northwest is expected later today. On this track the depression will be passing well north of the leeward islands during the next 24 hours maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. The depression has the potential to become a tropical storm later today or Friday. (AP Photo/NOAA)

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