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Hurricane Gustav hits Haiti en route to Gulf

Posted August 26, 2008

— Forecasters say Hurricane Gustav has made landfall on Haiti's southwest peninsula. The Category 1 hurricane roared over Haiti at about 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday with top sustained winds of near 90 mph. The storm is moving northwest at about 10 mph, and the center is located about 40 miles from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The fast-forming storm is sending global oil prices soaring on fears it could become "extremely dangerous" as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico.

At 5 p.m. Gustav was located about 60 miles west-southwest of Port Au Prince, Haiti and about 160 miles southeast of Guantanamo, Cuba. The hurricane’s sustained winds decreased to near 75 mph.

The hurricane was moving northwest near 10 mph.

Long-term predictions show the storm affecting either Cuba or Jamaica later this week.

WRAL meteorologist Nathan Johnson said models show Gustav gaining strength over the Gulf of Mexico to become a Category 3 storm by the weekend.

Gustav poses no threat to the Carolinas, Johnson said, but communities along the Gulf should be on alert.

"Realistically, (Gustav could make landfall) anywhere from Northern Mexicon to the panhandle of Florida, with the Houston to Mobile, Ala., corridor at the most direct risk," Johnson said.

The hurricane comes after Tropical Storm Fay killed 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic earlier this month.


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  • meatwrapper Aug 26, 2008

    Oh yea ,,, once again the price of crude oil will soar !!!!Breaking it down into lay-mans terms,,, gas prices will CLIMB !!!! Heck, if the wind blows over 25 miles an hour ,, this always takes place !!! GREED !!!!!!!

  • davidgnews Aug 26, 2008

    "The fast-forming storm is sending global oil prices soaring on fears it could become "extremely dangerous" as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico."

    More futures. Something here needs to be reigned in.

    Right, ChristaS. None that you'd want to know of, that's for sure.

  • ChristaS Aug 26, 2008

    yes, I don't believe that any prices are going up because of a hurricane in the gulf or over Haiti - what does Haiti have to do with the price of eggs in China, so to speak - they pose no threat to oil gluttons, that I know of!

  • dayanapage Aug 26, 2008

    Here we go again, an excuse to increase gas prices!!!

  • bs101fly Aug 26, 2008

    We need to FREE our addiction to DUMB media and their sensationalist attitudes!!!
    it's not affecting prices yet, but it will by weeks end IF model 6422b3185XX is correct and Katrina 2 is on her way!

    If not, Greg Fishel will blame the equipment and gas will keep dropping.

  • living the dream Aug 26, 2008

    This is ridiculous! There is no way a Hurricane in Haiti could be affecting gas prices now. Yet another example of why Americans needs to free our addition to foreign oil.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Aug 26, 2008

    "Global oil prices soaring...." It's a LIE, crude went up less than $1.00 today to $116.09 a barrel.

  • bs101fly Aug 26, 2008


    You should go buy large gas cans and stock up on fuel. Bread & milk too!
    After the drive by media gets hold of this story gas prices will go right back to $4+. Erasing the recent drop per barrel and setting a new base for gas NEVER again going below $3.50 a gallon!

    Government at work!

    And we're witnessing it LIVE!!

  • rushbot Aug 26, 2008

    It is total garbage to say that oil prices are rising due to the hurricane. It would be correct to say that commodity traders are using that as an excuse to run up prices and gouge the American driver again. Think about it; the flipping Russians conducted an invasion within a hundred miles of the main pipelines to Europe and wholesale prices dropped almost a third! This is gouging and any profits should be taxed at a rate of %100! If you look up attempts at windfall taxing, you will see that it was the Republicans who have blocked it every time!