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Texas counties begin evacuating some residents

The threat of Hurricane Gustav has some counties along the Texas coast ordering mandatory evacuations for people with special needs.

Authorities in Hardin, Orange and Jefferson counties Saturday were making arrangements for residents with no transportation and other special needs, such as medical disabilities, to leave the area.

Jill Frillou, a spokeswoman for Orange County, said a voluntary evacuation in place for the general population could become a mandatory order as early as Sunday morning.

Gustav strengthened Saturday to a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph. Forecasters say the storm could hit anywhere from Texas to the Florida Panhandle.

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