Gustav continued to gain strength after becoming a hurricane early today and forecasters say it could become a Category 2 hurricane before hitting Haiti's southern coast.
The fast-forming storm is also on track to hit Cuba.
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The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the hurricane's maximum sustained winds were near 85 miles-per-hour with higher gusts. A Category 2 hurricane has winds of 96 miles-per-hour or higher.
Haitians were told to prepare for evacuations as the storm formed yesterday in the Caribbean. Haiti upgraded storm warnings to hurricane warnings along much of its coast as Gustav closed in from the south.
At 5 a.m. Eastern, the hurricane was centered about 100 miles south-southeast of Port-au-Prince and was moving toward the northwest near 9 miles-per-hour.
Published at 11:55 PM EDT on Jul 16, 2009 | Updated at 8:50 AM EDT on Aug 26, 2008