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Preparing for Mass Exodus As Gustav Gathers Strength

Jason Samenow
Chief Meteorologist, Capital Weather Gang
Friday, August 29, 2008 2:30 PM

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Determined to avoid the mistakes made when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, federal and state officials began preparations for massive evacuations if it becomes clear that Tropical Storm Gustav will sweep over the region with the same force as Katrina.

Photo Gallery: Tropical Storm Gustav Dumps Rains on Caribbean

Authorities cautioned that the worst effects of a major hurricane would be felt as far as 150 miles to the east of landfall, because of the rotation of wind and waves.

James Samenow, chief meteorologist of the Capital Weather Gang, will be online Friday, Aug. 29, at 2:30 p.m. ET with the latest computer models and predictions.

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