for National Geographic News
Follow Gustav's path from its formation in the eastern Caribbean to its eventual landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on the Louisiana coast.
All times given in eastern standard time
MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2008
9 a.m.: The weather system that will become Hurricane Gustav forms as a tropical depression in the eastern Caribbean Sea.
Noon: The tropical depression quickly strengthens over warm Caribbean waters and becomes tropical storm Gustav, with maximum winds of 60 miles (96 kilometers) an hour.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26
3 a.m.: Gustav becomes a Category 1 hurricane with winds of about 85 miles (137 kilometers) an hour.
Later the same day Gustav strikes Hispaniola—the island that includes Haiti and the Dominican Republic—killing 84 people. But passage over the island disrupts Gustav's organization and weakens it to a tropical storm.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, TO THURSDAY, AUGUST 28
Gustav continues moving across the Caribbean Sea as a tropical storm.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29
Late morning: The storm begins strengthening, and by Friday afternoon it is again a Category 1 hurricane with peak winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) an hour. Later in the day Hurricane Gustav moves over Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
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