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New York sending National Guard to Gulf

August 31, 2008 8:55:25 PM PDT
New York is sending eight National Guard helicopters, a cargo plane and around 60 airmen and soldiers to assist in the response to Hurricane Gustav. Officials in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas have declared states of emergency as the storm - which forecasters say could become a Category 4 hurricane - bears down on the Gulf Coast.

New York officials say the Louisiana National Guard requested help through an agreement that allows states to share resources and personnel during disasters.

Gov. David Paterson says two helicopters and 14 crew are already on the way. The rest of the helicopters and a C-130 cargo plane are being deployed to the region on Monday, when Gustav is expected to make landfall.

Paterson says the state likely will provide further aid.

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