By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard in advance of storm Gustav.

The storm could crash ashore on the Gulf Coast sometime over the Labor Day weekend as a perilous Category 3 hurricane, though forecasters caution it's difficult to predict the storm's path this early.

Jindal says 3,000 National Guard troops will be activated and deployed a day in advance of the storm's expected landfall. An additional 2,000 troops could be called up to duty.

About 300 guard troops are already in New Orleans, working with New Orleans police to patrol neighborhoods still devastated from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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  • by Mike Location: New Brockton on Aug 27, 2008 at 06:15 PM
    I sure hope the state of Louisana is paying for this evacuation. I can't afford another Katerina. The Govt" has already spent my 15 year old Son's social security.
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