JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Emergency officials in Mississippi say one
of their biggest challenges may be convincing coastal residents who
struggled to flee Hurricane Gustav to do it again if Hurricane Ike
stays on track to the Gulf of Mexico.
Thousands of Mississippians left their homes along the Gulf
Coast last week after evacuations were ordered for Hurricane
Gustav, which didn't pack the punch most feared.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeff Rent says
the focus should be on people who evacuated and struggled to get
back home. He says the state is still in a wait-and-see mode for
Ike, which is forecast to cross Cuba and skirt Key West by Tuesday
as it heads to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.