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article imageHurricane Gustav Is Ready To Fight, New Orleans To Be A Ghost Town By Sunday Night

By KJ Mullins     Aug 31, 2008 in Environment
If residents of New Orleans heed the evacuation orders that went into effect on Saturday it should be a ghost town by Sunday at 8 a.m. Today residents were fleeing Gustav which is expected to be a Category 5 storm when it reaches land.
Mayor Ray Nagin gave the mandatory order to evacuate late Saturday. Many residents didn't wait for the order as they drove off or boarded buses, trains and planes to avoid a disaster like Hurricane Katrina.
From Yahoo News:
"This is the real deal, this is not a test," Nagin said as he issued the order, warning residents that staying would be "one of the biggest mistakes you could make in your life." He emphasized that the city will not offer emergency services to anyone who chooses to stay behind.
The storm has already claimed the lives of more than eighty in the Caribbean. Gustav is expected to make landfall Monday afternoon between East Texas and Western Mississippi.
Gustav slammed into Cuba on Saturday as a Category 4 storm. Scientists have been surprised at the furiousness of the storm as it went from a tropical storm to a killer hurricane within just a 24-hour period.
That puts a different light on our evacuations and hopefully that will send a very clear message to the people in the Gulf Coast to really pay attention," said Federal Emergency Management Agency chief David Paulison.
Gustav over Cuba
Gustav over Cuba
When Katrina slammed into New Orleans the storm was a minor player in the devastation. Levees that broke caused the vast damage. Those levees are still being repaired. If another levee breaks or gets a storm surge of 15 to 20 feet New Orleans and neighbouring Jefferson Parish will be buried under water.
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