Monday, September 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Evacuees Head to Florida

With just about a hour from now at approximately 9:00am EST Gustav will hit the Louisiana Coastline. Hundreds of thousand have evacuated the gulf coast, some headed north and others fled to the neighboring state of Florida. According to the department of transportation the traffic monitors are showing in double amount of traffic on the interstates. The Florida Baptist are offering warm beds and meals to evacuees at the Blue Springs Baptist Conference Center in Marianna, this center will hold up to 180 people. Florida’s Gov. Charlie Crist Aug. 31 declared a State of Emergency in Florida, calling for a proactive response in providing assistance to neighboring Gulf Coast states. Florida is opening shelters in Escambia, Walton and Santa Rosa counties. The Executive Order and Emergency Declaration cover Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington, Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties; and for any host county sheltering evacuees.

While Florida is helping out with the evacuees of Gustav Florida officials are also keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Hanna while it continues to sit out in the Atlantic.

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