After leaving behind flooded Jamaica, Tropical Storm Gustav is now heading towards the Cayman Islands where it is expected to gain in strength. It has already claimed at least 70 lives in the Caribbean – most of them in impoverished Haiti.
After the island of Hispaniola, also home to the Dominican Republic, the storm weakened before hitting Jamaica with high winds and torrential rains, where it killed an estimated three people.
The fear now is that it could absorb enough energy to turn into a major hurricane as it passes the western tip of Cuba before reaching the Louisiana coast, home to major oil and gas platforms.
It is exactly three years since Hurricane Katrina came ashore in New Orleans killing at least 1,500 people. This time, authorities have warned residents to be prepared to evacuate and organised transport for those without cars.