Gulf Coast evacuees continue to return home

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - As residents on the east coast prepared Friday for Tropical Storm Hanna to strike, Gulf Coast evacuees in Memphis continued to return home.

MATA buses spent Friday afternoon shuttling evacuees from shelters to Central Station, where many then prepared to board an Amtrak train bound for New Orleans.

Emergency management officials said the process flowed smoothly, especially considering what a large undertaking it was to move 3,000 people home safely.

Friday, many Gulf Coast residents still did not know what to expect once they arrive back home.

"It's very stressful," evacuee Tynre Martin said. "That's why I want to go home.  They tell me the lights are still out, but I just need to go home."

Evacuees boarding Friday's Amtrak train expected to be home early Saturday morning.  Meanwhile, evacuees with special needs will go home on buses over the weekend.

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