Hurricane Gustav triggered a killer landslide in Haiti, a spike in oil prices and fear throughout the Gulf Coast as forecasters said it is all but certain to grow into a major hurricane by this weekend.
Gustav thrashed Haiti on Tuesday, ripping off roofs and downing power lines with its 90 mph winds. It made landfall in the afternoon near Jacmel and pounded the country with several inches of rain. Heavy rain caused a landslide in the mountain town of Benet, killing a man, officials said.
Gustav decreased in strength to a tropical storm with 70 mph winds late Tuesday after its jog through Haiti, but forecasters expected it to grow back into a hurricane overnight.
The official forecast track shows Gustav gaining strength in the next two days over the warm waters between Jamaica and Cuba before emerging in the Gulf of Mexico as ''an extremely dangerous hurricane'' with 120 mph winds possible, according to hurricane center specialists.
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