Hurricane Nate: New Orleans mayor’s shock warning – ‘Be prepared – be ready’

Friday, October 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

HURRICANE NATE is set to make landfall in the US on Sunday morning and could bombard New Orleans with strong winds and stormy conditions.

Fri, Oct 6, 2017

Nate has caused heavy rains, landslides and floods and the mayor of New Orleans has released a shock warning to residents to prepare for the storm.

At least 22 people have been killed across Central America because of the storm and latest spaghetti models show the storm heading towards mainland US.

The Tropical Storm is expected to turn into category one Hurricane Nate as it makes its way over the warm temperatures of the Gulf of Mexico.

New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu, issued a warning to residents as he appeared to set a curfew to protect citizens after the storm has hit.

Broadcast on NBC, he said: “To the citizens of New Orleans there is no reason to panic. But there is a reason to prepare.

“We are encouraging the public to do all they can to prepare for this weather event.

“Get a plan to protect yourself and your property again, I want to stress there is no need to panic, we just need to prepare for heavy wind and heavy rain.

“The number one cause of life safety issues is people driving through standing water after any event has taken place. So this weekend one of the other positive things that we have is that this is going to happen on Saturday and Sunday.

“So we are not going to have to dismiss school and there may be no reason for you to be on the street. So if I show up on Friday afternoon or Sunday morning and I say to you look I don’t want you on the streets between 4pm on Saturday and Sunday at 12pm, I would hope that everyone would say, ‘that sounds great’.”

Louisiana and Florida have both issued a state of emergency after Nate was blamed for more than a dozen deaths in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Senior Meteorologist at ABC, Rob Marciano, claimed the storm would be moving quicker than Hurricane’s Maria, Irma, Jose and Harvey.

Looking at the latest spaghetti models he warned the US was likely to take a direct hit from Nate.

He said: “We have got hurricane watch out posted for Cancun, so as it goes over Yucatan tomorrow night and into the Gulf of Mexico, ti will intensify as it does.

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