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September 1st, 2008
10:38 AM ET

ERs hunkered down for Gustav

By Matt Sloane
CNN Medical Producer

Embedded at Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans

Sitting here at Tulane Medical Center, looking out the window, the blowing palm trees are the only indication that Hurricane Gustav is overpassing us as I type this.

The lights are still on. The phones are still working. Even the internet is up and running.

There are still patients here at the hospital, although very few remain after mass evacuations yesterday. The emergency room remains open and ready to accept patients, but the only people I’ve seen walk through the door are the paramedics waiting to respond to any emergencies.

So for now – we wait and hope for the best.

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