New Orleans imposes dawn-to-dusk curfew

Traffic on Interstate 10 as New Orleans residents evacuate ahead of Hurricane Gustav.
Traffic on Interstate 10 as New Orleans residents evacuate ahead of Hurricane Gustav.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The city of New Orleans imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew that was to begin Sunday at sunset ahead of Hurricane Gustav's devastating winds and rains that were on a path to strike the Gulf Coast.

UPDATE, SUN 5 PM: The last bus carrying residents to safety was to leave at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Gustav dropped from a Category 4 to a Category 3 storm overnight, but forecasters warned it could gain strength from the gulf's warm waters before making landfall as early as Monday.

Mayor Ray Nagin also warned that looting - 1 of the chronic problems after Hurricane Katrina - would not be tolerated.

"Looters will go directly to jail. You will not get a pass this time," he said. "You will not have a temporary stay in the city. You will go directly to the Big House."

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