By Evan S. Benn
Aug 31, 2008
Hurricane Gustav dropped to a Category 3 storm as it rolled across western Cuba early Sunday, but forecasters predicted it would regain strength as it roared through the Gulf of Mexico to a landfall on the Louisiana coast sometime during the day on Monday.
President Bush and Vice President Cheney, mindful perhaps of the criticism they received for not canceling vacations during Hurricane Katrina three years ago, canceled their appearances at the Republican convention, which opens in St. Paul, Minn., on Monday.
McClatchy Washington Bureau | 08/31/2008 | Gustav aims for Gulf Coast; Bush to skip GOP convention.
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Hurricane Gustav has already swept across the Caribbean killing over 80 people in Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Now the storm has swelled to a Category 4 storm and the US National Hurricane Centre says it could become a Category 5.
Hurricane Gustav is currently lashing Cuba and forecasters say it will cross the Gulf of Mexico and hit central Louisiana on Tuesday with the same force as Hurricane Katrina, exactly three years ago.
Al Jazeera’s Tom Ackerman reports.