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Gustav leaves Cuba, approaches Gulf of Mexico
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10:04, September 01, 2008

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Hurricane Gustav is on its way out of Cuba and headed northwest toward the Gulf of Mexico, the Cuban Meteorological Institute said Sunday.

Gustav, a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 205 km per hour, would affect Cuba till midday Sunday with cloudbursts, rain and strong winds, it said.

Gustav will also likely affect Mexico's oil platforms in the Gulf during its trajectory to Louisiana in the United States.

According to the U.S. National Center of Hurricanes, the eye of the hurricane at 1500 GMT was in the southwest Gulf of Mexico, some 520 km from the Mississippi river outlet.

People walk past a destroyed car as Hurricane Gustav passes in Los Palacios, 100 km (62 miles) west of Havana August 30, 2008. The Category 4 storm swept across Cuba in a matter of hours and now poses a threat to Gulf oil fields on a projected path that could take it ashore near New Orleans, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Gustav's passage through the Caribbean has left a trail of death and destruction, with at least 86 people killed in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.

In Cuba, the hurricane swept through the western part of the island from south to north with 240 km-per-hour winds and gusts of up to 340 km per hour. Many have been injured and the damages are yet to be estimated.


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