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At least one airplane full of Gulf Coast evacuees will stay in Louisville Saturday night.

They’re fleeing Hurricane Gustav, which has the potential to become a Category 5 storm. It’s expected that at least 200 people will arrive Saturday evening, but officials are planning for more.

“It’s changing literally on an hour by hour basis as the hurricane moves and people evacuate out of New Orleans,” says Mayor’s Office spokesperson Chris Poynter.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter in the Kentucky Exposition Center. The city is prepared to accept 5,000 evacuees, but 2,000 of them would be moved to Lexington and other cities.