Some evacuees head home as storm weakens

SABINE PASS, Texas (AP) - Julie Patin lost her house to Hurricane Rita three years ago. She rode out Hurricane Humberto last year in a small travel trailer.

This time, Julie Patin wasn't taking any chances. As Hurricane Gustav chugged into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, she and her family boarded up their home in Sabine Pass and headed for Baytown.

By Monday, as the storm weakened to a Category 2 after making landfall in southern Louisiana, Patin figured it was safe to come home.

Most of Patin's neighborhood, which suffered massive damage during Hurricane Rita, remained under a mandatory evacuation order yesterday. But she said friends and neighbors were also headed back
to town.

Emergency officials urged residents to stay put and let Gustav move through the area. But Patin and other families like hers weren't listening.

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