Hurricane Watch Issued For Gulf Coast From Texas To Alabama

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and part of Texas.

The watch area includes New Orleans, where residents marked the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation on Friday. The watch stretches from east of High Island, Texas, to the Alabama-Florida border.

Forecasters say Hurricane Gustav is a powerful Atlantic storm taking aim at Louisiana and will likely become a Category 5 with sustained winds of 160 mph or more by Sunday.

A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.

A million people were taking to Gulf Coast highways Saturday, boarding up homes and businesses and fleeing Gustav.

A tropical storm watch was also issued along the Panhandle coast of Florida.