Gustav Grows to Category 3 Hurricane

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The city of New Orleans imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew that was to begin Sunday at sunset ahead of Hurricane Gustav's devastating winds and rains that were on a path to strike the Gulf Coast.

The last bus carrying residents to safety was to leave at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Gustav dropped from a Category 4 to a Category 3 storm overnight, but forecasters warned it could gain strength from the gulf's warm waters before making landfall as early as Monday.

Mayor Ray Nagin also warned that looting - one of the chronic problems after Hurricane Katrina - would not be tolerated.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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