The federal government is advising people in
south Texas to prepare for possible evacuations with Hurricane Dean
heading to the Gulf of Mexico.
R. David Paulison, the head of the Federal Emergency Management
Agency, says this isn't the time to be complacent.
Dean is on a course for nothern Mexico, but Paulison says the
storm could shift and hit the region around Brownsville, Texas,
along the state's southeast coast. He says that in that area, there
are 400,000 people -- many in substandard housing, who lack their
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Dean was projected
to reach Category 5 before hitting the Mexican coastline near
Cancun tomorrow night or Tuesday. The Mexican mainland or Texas
could be hit later, and Paulison says authorities were going to
continue preparing as if Dean is moving toward the United States.
The federal government was criticized for its response to
Hurricane Katrina two years ago, and Paulison says that storm was a
"wake-up call." He says he doesn't see this country ever allowing
another "Katrina-type event" to happen.