Evacuations begin in Texas ahead of Hurricane Ike

HOUSTON (AP) -- Officials in Texas are evacuating the most vulnerable citizens as Hurricane Ike takes aim at the Gulf Coast.

The frail and elderly are being put aboard buses as authorities warn 1 million others to head inland.

Ike is expected to blow ashore early Saturday somewhere between Corpus Christi and Houston, and some forecasts say it could become a Category 4 storm, with winds of at least 131 miles an hour.

Four counties south and east of Houston have announced mandatory or voluntary evacuations, and authorities are moving weak and chronically ill patients by bus to San Antonio.

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