Mandatory evacuations starting in southeast Texas

Mandatory evacuations have started in parts of southeast Texas.

Residents in Sabine Pass, a port city battered three years ago by Hurricane Rita, have been ordered out of the area first.

Evacuations are set to continue through midday across a three-county region stretching to the Louisiana state line, with the last mandatory evacuation starting at noon in Beaumont.

County officials in the area announced the evacuations Saturday in advance of landfall by Hurricane Gustav, which could hit Monday or Tuesday from the Texas Gulf Coast to Florida.

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