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Gustav starts lashing US coast

June 14, 2018
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First reports of power outages in New Orleans as two million peoplein Louisiana flee massive hurricane. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 1 September, 2008)
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As Hurricane Gustav threatens the Gulf Coast, President Bush is out to show the nation that his government has learned the haunting lessons of Katrina and is ready to act. That includes a rapid response by Bush himself, who will be planted near the danger zone even before the storm hits home. (MSNBC — 1 September, 2008)
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President Bush warned residents of the Gulf Coast on Sunday that a serious storm was headed their way, echoing the sentiments of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who reiterated his demand that city residents evacuate. (CNN — 1 September, 2008)
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President Bush, faced with the prospect of a second monster hurricane striking the Gulf Coast on his watch, checked in with governors and federal officials Saturday to make sure Washington was doing all it can. (MSNBC — 31 August, 2008)
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DESPERATE to avoid a repeat of the 2005 Katrina catastrophe, NewOrleans began mandatory evacuations yesterday as a hurricane hailedby the city’s mayor as ‘the storm of the century’ threatened toengulf the disaster-scarred city today. (Sydney Morning Herald — 31 August, 2008)
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug 31 — Republican officials threw away the script for their presidential nominating convention on Sunday as Hurricane Gustav bore down on the Gulf Coast and threatened to cast a pall over a week intended to boost Sen. John McCain’s campaign for the White House. (Washington Post — 1 September, 2008)
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Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will arrive in Louisiana today to meet with local officials preparing for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Gustav, part of an intensifying federal effort to avoid the mistakes made three years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the state.

(Washington Post — 29 August, 2008)
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