Gustav continued to gain strength
after becoming a hurricane early Tuesday and forecasters said it
could become a Category 2 hurricane before hitting Haiti's southern
coast.
      The fast-forming storm was also on track to hit Cuba.
      The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the hurricane's
maximum sustained winds were near 85 mph (140 kph) with higher
gusts. A Category 2 hurricane has winds of 96 mph (154 kph) or
higher.
      Haitians were told to prepare for evacuations as the storm
formed Monday in the Caribbean. Haiti upgraded storm warnings to
hurricane warnings along much of its coast as Gustav closed in from
the south. A warning means hurricane conditions are expected within
24 hours.
      Forecasters said storm preparations in Haiti should be rushed to
completion and that floods and landslides were possible across its
southern peninsula. The forecasts suggested Gustav's eye could pass
near the capital of Port-au-Prince, home to nearly 3 million
people.