Saturday, August 30, 2008

New Orleans Residents Are Ordered Out

City officials ordered everyone to leave New Orleans beginning Sunday morning — the first mandatory evacuation since Hurricane Katrina-as Hurricane Gustav heads into the Gulf.

The storm is 900 miles wide, compared with 400 miles for Katrina, according to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

In a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, residents are not physically forced to leave, but are subject to arrest outside their houses.

Forecasters say Hurricane Gustav could become a Category 5 storm, the strongest designation on the scale.

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