Hurricane Nate, category 1, hit the coast of the United States on Saturday night. The four states concerned, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, had taken the necessary steps to prevent damage, after the ravages of Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Meteorologists did not expect on Saturday a hurricane of the strength of its three predecessors who had devastated Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Nate had already lost power by reaching the American coast. It was less the rains than the winds that worried the authorities of the four threatened states.
Residents of many communities have been invited to evacuate, but many have refused to follow the recommendations of the police. In New Orleans, where the memory of Katrina is still alive, there was a certain recklessness: ” We only move for a category 3 hurricane,” one inhabitant replied.
Saturday afternoon, Bourbon Street was still full of tourists.
The mayor, Mitch Landrieu, nevertheless imposed a curfew of 7 pm on Saturday evening at 7 am on Sunday morning and encouraged his fellow citizens to be ready. ” We’ve often known that. There is no reason to panic. We encourage people to do whatever they can to prepare: you must have a plan. You must be prepared to protect your personal belongings, “he warned.
All ports along the coast were closed and offshore platforms were evacuated.
— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) October 8, 2017