Four of the southern-most states in the USA have declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Nate gets ready to hit Lousiana.
Louisiana, along with Mississippi, Alabama, and parts of Florida, has issued hurricane warnings and evacuation orders. These measures mainly focus on the New Orleans area which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago.
The storm has been gaining strength on its journey up the Mexican coastline, and is likely to become a hurricane before its arrival in the United States. While Storm Nate is not of the same strength or severity of Irma and Maria, it is still yet another troubling natural event in a region which has seen many hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes in the past 5 weeks.
The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, has declared a state of emergency in preparation for when the hurricane makes landfall in New Orleans on Saturday. More than a thousand National Guard troops have also been sent to the area. “Anyone in low-lying areas… we are urging them to prepare now,” he said. Amongst other Measures, a curfew from 18:00 (23:00 GMT) is in place in New Orleans.
“Nate is at our doorstep, or will be soon,” the city’s Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, adding that the winds could cause significant power outages.
“We have been through this many, many times, there is no need to panic,” the Governor added.
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