On the visible satellite image of Gustav, you can clearly see the eye of Gustav on the right side of the storm. The winds right now are at 120 mph (Cat. 3) and growing.
Gustav is predicted to go over the low, lying areas of Cuba which is a big deal. If Gustav was to go over the eastern side of Cuba (which it didn't) then it would of had to of endured very mountainous areas and such and it would of knocked the intensity down a lot. The current track has Gustav hitting the southern areas of LA with the worst side (right side) hitting New Orleans. Evacuation process is underway for people of New Orleans and other areas of the LA coast due to the forecasted strength and landfall area.