Gustav Watched by Brazos County; Local Shelters Possible

Hurricane Gustav's move into the Gulf has attracted the eyes of local emergency officials.

While the track could change a lot in the next few days, Gustav has its eye on Louisiana's coast as of Thursday.

If that's the case, state leaders have told Brazos County they could very well be a shelter point for evacuees. Tyler, Dallas-Fort Worth and Marshall are among the other options being discussed.

The state has told local leaders as many as 50,000 Louisiana residents could be moved to Texas shelters, though no firm plans have been made, as the track of the storm could change often in the coming days.

A repeat of 2005 when Reed Arena was set up for evacuees of Katrina and Rita could happen. Local officials say Reed could be utilized as a special needs shelter.

If the storm continues towards Louisiana and Texas A&M is called upon for help, set up of the arena could begin this weekend.

Texas Task Force 1 continues to monitor the storm as well, with activation possible as Gustav approaches.

Be sure to stay up-to-date with all the latest in the tropics by clicking on the Weather section of KBTX.com. Then, click on the Hurricane Center.


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