BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Texas and Louisiana are getting ready
for Hurricane Ike, which is forecast to make landfall along the
Gulf Coast by the weekend.
A disaster has been pre-declared in 88 Texas counties and
Governor Rick Perry has put 7,500 National Guard troops on standby.
Forecasters warn the storm could hit near Corpus Christi but say
storm paths are hard to predict this far out.
In Louisiana, where thousands remain without power after
Hurricane Gustav hit last week, Governor Bobby Jindal is urging
residents to stockpile food, water, batteries and other supplies.
His state has been getting shelters ready and is making plans for
trains, buses and planes in case a coastal evacuation is called
Ike is supposed to deliver heavy rain and wind to the Florida
Keys as it brushes by.