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Gustav Heads to Open Gulf Waters

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - The center of Tropical Storm Gustav is expected to pull away from Jamaica this morning and head toward the Cayman Islands.  

Forecasters say Gustav will be near or over the Caymans later today or tonight before passing over or near parts of western Cuba tomorrow.  

Gustav's winds remain at 65 miles-per-hour this morning, but forecasters say it's going to start picking up strength and should be a hurricane later today or tomorrow. The National Hurricane Center warns Gustav could be a major hurricane before it reaches western Cuba.  

After that, forecasters say the storm could wind up almost anywhere in the Gulf of Mexico. The currently projected track would carry it to Louisiana - perhaps as a Category 3 hurricane - by Tuesday.  Gustav ripped off roofs, downed power lines and triggered flooding and landslides in Jamaica, but no deaths reported there. At least 67 people died earlier in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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