Gustav closing in on Jamaica

MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Gustav continues its march through the Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for Jamaica, a hurricane watch for the Cayman Islands and a tropical storm watch for the Cuban province of Granma.

Gustav, with maximum sustained winds near 70 miles per hour, is located about 45 miles east of Kingston, Jamaica and about 350 miles east-southeast of Grand Cayman.

Tourists are already leaving the Cayman Islands, and Cayman Airways pilot Chris Witt says a lot of evacuation flights are planned for today.

Meanwhile, Gustav may soon have company. The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Hanna has formed northeast of the northern Leeward Islands in the Atlantic -- the eighth tropical storm of the season.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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