New Orleans Mayor: It’s Now Too Late To Evacuate

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

Mayor LaToya Cantrell today said that with little time left before Hurricane Ida reaches Louisiana, residents should get ready to hunker down and ride out the storm. She told a news conference there wasn’t enough time to establish the highway contraflow procedures necessary to move all residents out of the city before the storm’s expected landfall Sunday afternoon.

“We are not calling for a mandatory evacuation because the time simply is not on our side. We do not want to have people on the road, and therefore in greater danger,” Cantrell said. “The situation is much more serious than it was six hours ago,” said Cantrell, referring to the increasing intensity forecast of Ida, which is on a path to smash into the central Louisiana coast as a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm.

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