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Nearly 1.9 million flee Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With Hurricane Gustav just a day away from a possible monster hit on New Orleans, state police say roughly 1.9 million people have evacuated coastal Louisiana. Thousands more have fled from coastal Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.

Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said Sunday he was especially pleased at how few people remain in New Orleans, which he compared to a ghost town.

Barreling toward the Gulf Coast with frightening strength and size, Gustav was a Category 3 hurricane with winds extending out 65 miles from the storm's center.

The storm could make landfall Monday, bringing a storm surge of up to 14 feet to the coast and rainfall totals of up to 20 inches.            

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