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Gulf Coast Residents Flee Ahead of Gustav

Tens of thousands of residents of coastal parishes and cities streamed out of harm’s way Saturday as Hurricane Gustav, with winds reaching 150 mph, swelled to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 and took dead aim at the Gulf Coast.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation for all residents, effective 9 a.m. ET along the vulnerable west bank of the Mississippi River and at 1 p.m. ET on the east bank.

Nagin called Gustav the storm of the century and told residents to “get your butts out of New Orleans now.”

“This is the real deal, not a test,” Nagin said, emphasizing that the city will not offer emergency services to anyone who chooses to stay behind.

The National Weather Service issued a hurricane watch from near High Island, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida border. The weather service described the storm as “extremely dangerous.” Gustav hurtled past Cuba and into the Gulf Saturday night, with estimated wind speeds of about 140 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.


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