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As huricane Lilly approaches the Texas/Louisiana coast I highly recommend all travelers avoid I-10 near the coastly region for the next few days.

Here is an exerpt from a local new article.

"PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) -- The threat of a hurricane packing 110 mph winds and a tidal surge greater than nine feet prompted officials to direct evacuation of the Beaumont-Port Arthur area early Wednesday.

Emergency management officials in Jefferson County appealed to the county's 250,000 residents to evacuate their homes upon recommendation by County Judge Carl Griffith, said John Cascio, the county's emergency management coordinator.

All county residents are being advised to drive north into the Piney Woods and not parallel to the Gulf Coast, which will be vulnerable to the approaching storm and subject to traffic congestion from other evacuees, Cascio said.

"We'll have no shelters set up in the vacuation area. The closes shelters will be in Center in Shelby County, in Lufkin and in Nacogdoches," he said Wednesday.

It was the area's first countywide vacuation since 1992, when Hurricane Andrew threatened the coast before slamming into Louisiana.

Roads into the Port Arthur area were barred to all traffic but residents, Cascio said. Classes were canceled at Lamar University and schools countywide Wednesday, he said."

Jose Rodriguez
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