As of 1200 UTC on 29 August 2008 Tropical Storm Gustav was located approximately 100 mi/160 km west-northwest of Kingston, Jamaica, and 200 mi/320 km east-southeast of Grand Cayman. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph/56 kt and is moving west-northwest at 8 mph/7 kt. A hurricane watch is in effect for the provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio, La Habana and Ciudad de la Habana in western Cuba. Grand Cayman is expected to experience tropical storm force winds between 1900 and 2000 local time on 29 August. Owen Roberts International Airport (MWCR/GCM) is reportedly streamlining the check-in process at tents outside the facility to expedite the check-in process for departing flights. Most flights in the afternoon and evening on 29 August and all day on 30 August have been canceled. The airport has warned travelers to anticipate traffic congestion along Owen Roberts Drive near the airport.
According to meteorologists at Wilkens Weather Technologies, the storm is expected to strengthen to at least Category 3 hurricane status. Early forecasts indicate that the storm could make landfall along the Louisiana coast on 2 September 2008; however, the storm could strike anywhere along the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Panama City, Florida. Mississippi and Louisiana have declared states of emergency. Louisiana will likely issue a mandatory evacuation order along the Gulf Coast by 1200 local time on 30 August. Texas has issued a disaster declaration and warned residents along the coast to make preparations for a possible evacuation order. The storm has killed more than 60 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.