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Hurricane Gustav picked up strength as it moved over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Friday night, pursuing a projected path aimed at the Gulf Coast.

At least 51 people died in southwestern Haiti and eight were killed in neighboring Dominican Republic as Gustav, then a tropical storm, passed through Wednesday, officials said.

By Friday, Gustav reached hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (129 kph) as it passed over the Caribbean. Read full article »

CNN's Eric Marrapodi, Sean Callebs and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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