[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/US/weather/09/01/gustav/t1home.brathwaite2.wwl.jpg caption="A private levee south of New Orleans may fail, official says."]Maureen Miller
Anyone who dared to stay in Plaquemines Parish, just downriver from New Orleans, is being urged to evacuate at this hour. A private levee could break at any moment, due to the storm surge from Hurricane Gustav. Crews are working to keep the levee from failing, but "it doesn't look like we're going to be successful," Parish President Bill Nungesser said.
It's a tense waiting game to see what might happen. We're keeping an eye on the levee trouble outside New Orleans and we'll have the latest tonight on 360°. We'll be taking you throughout the storm zone and checking in with our reporters all along the path of the Gustav.
Our other big story of the day comes out of the Republican National Convention, which has been scaled down due to Hurricane Gustav. The McCain campaign reveled today that Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant.
The campaign says Bristol will keep the baby and marry her high school boyfriend. Aides say the announcement was made because there were Internet rumors that Palin's youngest son, born in April with Down syndrome, was actually Bristol's baby. Sarah and her husband, Todd Palin, issued a statement saying they are "proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents."
We'll have all the angles on this story, including reaction from John McCain and Barack Obama.
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