Alabama's coast appears to dodge serious damage

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Hurricane Gustav has brought some flooding to low-lying areas of coastal Alabama, but the state's beach resorts, bayous and port city appear to have dodged serious damage.

Some roads were closed in Baldwin and Mobile counties, but Gustav didn't damage southwestern Alabama the way Katrina did three years ago.

Gustav came ashore this morning in Louisiana, west of New Orleans.

Forecasters say winds and rain from Gustav's outer bands are expected to move northward into parts of Alabama where motels and shelters are filled with evacuees from Louisiana and elsewhere.

Alabama Governor Bob Riley says President Bush has approved his request for disaster assistance in response to Gustav. That clears the way for federal recovery aid when the storm passes.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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