Forecasters say Hurricane Gustav is no longer expected to gain strength before it slams into the Louisiana coast around midday.
The National Hurricane Center says Gustav remains a Category 3 storm with top sustained winds near 115 mph as it roars in from the Gulf of Mexico.
Earlier forecasts had said Gustav might get stronger before coming ashore. Category 3 storms have winds between 111 mph and 130 mph.
At 4 a.m. CDT Monday, Gustav was centered about 115 miles south-southeast of New Orleans and was moving northwest near 16 mph.
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