Never let a crisis go to waste…
The New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is asking all residents who do not evacuate to shelter in place for Hurricane Ida. She claims it’s too late to implement contraflow. Contraflow is when highways are reversed so that people can leave the city. Typically, 8 hours is all that is needed to implement contraflow. Cantrell made the announcement yesterday so it was about 40 hours before the storm! This is plenty of time!
Even worse, shelter animals are being moved to Houston but the city can’t help out the people?
Is this the next Katrina?
Cantrell called a press conference on Friday after Hurricane Ida’s forecast continued to strengthen. It is now forecast to make landfall west of New Orleans as a Cat. 4 storm.
“Time is not on our side. The City can not issue a mandatory evacuation because we do not have time.”
The mayor is asking that all New Orleans residents who don’t evacuate to shelter in place no later than midnight Saturday night.
The National Weather Service says the hurricane will be “extremely dangerous”:
Satellite imagery indicates that max sustained winds have increased to 100mph with higher gusts. Additional rapid strengthening is forecast during the next 24hr and #Ida is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it approaches the northern Gulf coast Sunday. pic.twitter.com/WCFUkI4vVJ
— National Weather Service (@NWS) August 28, 2021