Merely a day after Tropical Storm Fay faded back into a tropical depression, a new tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic. According to the National Hurricane Center, at 5 p.m. EDT the center of Tropical Storm Gustav was located 180 miles south-southeast of Port Au Prince, Haiti.
Tropical Storm Gustav is moving toward the northwest at 14 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds near 60 miles per hour. Some strengthening is possible within the next 24 hours and Gustav could be a hurricane when it hits land.
The current path of the storm will take it over Haiti on Tuesday and Cuba on Wednesday. Hurricane warnings are in effect for the south coast of the Dominican Republic and the southwest peninsula of Haiti. Tropical Storm Gustav is expected to produce five to seven inches of rain over the island of Hispaniola, with heavier rains possible in some areas.
We'll keep you posted on the progress of the storm and any related itinerary changes that may occur.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor
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Tropical Storm Gustav Forms in the Atlantic
August 25, 2008