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  •  Where is Missippi's National Guard? (4.00)
    Update to news about Katrina (now a Category 5 storm) at this yahoo link (thanks to CKone), including this about the evacuation and oil prices.

    President Bush urged people living in the path of Katrina to take the storm extremely seriously and follow orders to evacuate to higher ground. A day after declaring an emergency for Louisiana, Bush declared an emergency for the state of Mississippi and pledged federal support.

    "We cannot stress enough the danger this hurricane poses to Gulf Coast communities," Bush told reporters on his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

    Rain started falling on extreme southeastern Louisiana by midday Sunday as the storm moved across the Gulf of Mexico toward land. Highways in Mississippi and Louisiana were jammed as people headed away from Katrina's expected landfall. All lanes were limited to northbound traffic on Interstates 55 and 59 in the two states.

    Beyond the Gulf Coast, Katrina was "unmitigated bad news for consumers" because it had shut down offshore production of at least 1 million barrels of oil daily and threatened refinery and import operations around New Orleans, said Peter Beutel, an oil analyst in New Canaan, Conn. He said crude oil could top $70 a barrel by Monday or Tuesday.

    I know how men in exile feed on dreams. - Aeschylus

    by Patricia Taylor on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 11:11:53 AM PDT

    •  I heard on MPB (none)
      (Mississippi Public Broadcasting) this morning that 40% of the Mississippi National Guard was on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm not sure what that converts to in raw numbers. If Katrina is bigger than Camille, even that 40% is not nearly enough.

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