25 August 2008 20:01 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--A tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea quickly strengthened on Monday into a tropical storm, US meteorologists said on Monday.
The newly named Tropical Storm Gustav is the seventh named storm to form in this year in the Atlantic basin, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 13:00 Houston time (18:00 GMT), the storm's winds were nearly 60 miles/hour, (95km/hour), the centre said. According to the centre's path projections for Gustav, it is too early to predict whether the storm will head up the Atlantic coast of Florida or turn westward into the Gulf of Mexico.
Gustav's centre was about 225 miles south-southeast of Port Au Prince, Haiti, meteorologists said. Gustav could strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall at Hispaniola.
Earlier on Monday, Gustav was an unorganised storm system before strengthening into a tropical depression.To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect
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