Sunday, 31 August 2008

Hurricane Gustav

The Mayor of New Orleans has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city - including emergency services - in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav, which he called "the storm of the century". The BBC has a video clip of the press conference, where Mr Nagin urged people to take the situation seriously, and warned them that if they did choose to be "stubborn" and ride out the storm, they would be on their own.

Hurricane Gustav has already wrought havoc in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba, and is forecast to hit the Gulf coast of the USA tomorrow.

The BBC has an In Pictures here and there is more information about Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna from the US National Hurricane Center.

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