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New Orleans evacuates ahead of powerful Gustav

2008-09-01 09:50:53 GMT2008-09-01 17:50:53 (Beijing Time) China Daily

A man hauls bags down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, ahead of Hurricane Gustav's arrival, August 31, 2008. Hurricane Gustav churned toward the Louisiana coast through the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico on Sunday with strength that could rival 2005's Hurricane Katrina, prompting low-lying New Orleans to begin evacuation. [Agencies]

Evacuees at a shelter in Tyler, Tex., August 31, 2008. Tens of thousands of people in New Orleans and the U.S. Gulf Coast fled their homes on Sunday as Hurricane Gustav moved within 24 hours of striking land, possibly with a weaker punch than 2005's Hurricane Katrina. [Agencies]

Critical and high-needs patients were evacuated at West Jefferson Medical Center,in New Orleans, Louisiana August 31, 2008. [Agencies]

Interstate 10 sits empty and quite after residents evacuated the metro area in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav making landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana August 31, 2008. Tens of thousands of people in New Orleans and the U.S. Gulf Coast fled their homes on Sunday as Hurricane Gustav moved within 24 hours of striking land, possibly with a weaker punch than 2005's Hurricane Katrina. [Agencies]

Furniture lay scattered in a destroyed house in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav in Paso Real de San Diego, Cuba August 31, 2008. Gustav moved into the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico on Saturday where it was expected to strengthen and threaten New Orleans after its 150 mile per hour (240 kph) winds cut a swath of destruction through western Cuba. [Agencies]

A man hauls bags down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, ahead of Hurricane Gustav's arrival, August 31, 2008. Hurricane Gustav churned toward the Louisiana coast through the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico on Sunday with strength that could rival 2005's Hurricane Katrina, prompting low-lying New Orleans to begin evacuation.

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