Texas begins evacuating medically fragile

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Some Texas residents with special medical needs in the Corpus Christi area are being advised to evacuate in advance of Hurricane Ike.

Forecasters say the storm is moving through the Gulf of Mexico and could reach Texas by week's end.

Texas emergency officials are considering whether to order a mandatory evacuation of coastal counties. Such an order could affect about one million people in the Rio Grande Valley.

Here's more:

-- The Texas Department of Public Safety in Corpus Christi says plans are in place to open an evacuation route today along Interstate 37, meaning an extra lane of travel -- beginning at 9 a.m.

-- Nueces County expects to set up two intake areas -- at 10 a.m. -- to take residents by bus to San Antonio.

-- The American Red Cross in San Antonio says its mobile and fixed feeding trucks are being moved into place to help evacuees.

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

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