Amid Rita Exodus, States Ask for Federal Troops

Traffic Leaving Houston

Thousands of of cars stream out of Houston, Sept. 22. Reuters hide caption

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As residents flee the Gulf Coast region, the governors of Texas and Louisiana ask President Bush for federal troops as they prepare for Hurricane Rita. The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall by Saturday, and officials have urged coastal residents to evacuate far inland.

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