New Orleans Evacuates as Gustav Moves Closer

by Jay Gray

NBC News

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - Powerful Hurricane Gustav is charging through the Gulf of Mexico toward Louisiana.

Throughout the day residents fled New Orleans as the National Guard moved in to patrol evacuated neighborhoods.

Soldiers have replaced the revelers that the city is so famous for.

Bourbon Street and the French Quarter are barren.

The 9th Ward has been abandoned.

Entire communities are boarded up; all the residents have moved to higher ground.

Along with the inevitable hit from Gustav comes a newly activated dusk-to-dawn curfew.

The current forecast is for landfall Monday afternoon, and leaves little doubt south Louisiana will be hardest hit.

The main concern now is flooding, with all eyesfocused on a levee system that may not be ready for the storm.