The possibility of Tropical Storm Gustav slamming into Texas as a powerful hurricane put the state and residents on alert Thursday as the deadly storm continued a path toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Governor Rick Perry issued a disaster declaration for 61counties in case Gustav arrives early next week along the coast, where some people today were already filling up their gas tanks and stocking up on water and supplies.
Forecasters say the tropical storm could make landfall Tuesday anywhere from Texas to the Florida Panhandle. With top sustained winds just below hurricane strength, Gustav was projected to become a major Category Three hurricane upon entering the warm and deep Gulf waters.
Authorities say Gustav has killed 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
|Lubbock Red Cross|