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State set to receive storm evacuees

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Brad Henry declared a state of emergency today as the state prepared to receive the first of what may be thousands of Gulf Coast evacuees who are fleeing Hurricane Gustav.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management says about 150 patients from southwest Louisiana hospitals are expected to arrive at the Oklahoma Air National Guard Base at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City within the next 24 hours.

The patients are being evacuated by air transport through the National Disaster Medical System. Once in Oklahoma City, they'll be transported by ambulance to area hospitals where they may be forced to remain for days.

Three years ago, about 1,500 evacuees were housed for up to a month at Camp Gruber in northeastern Oklahoma after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.

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