Dovendo partire sabato mattina per Houston, ricevo aggiornamenti quotidiani dall’azienda per cui lavoro sulla situazione a New Orleans. L’ultimo bollettino è disaramante. Il curfew è, per la cronaca, il coprifuoco. Le sottolineature sono mie.
(…) Meanwhile, the authorities in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, ordered a mandatory evacuation; local residents in the city’s west bank are to evacuate by 08.00 on 31 August, while east bank residents are to depart by noon. Evacuations in the parishes of Lafourche and Terrebonne are underway. Officials in Lafourche announced the imposition of a curfew from 18.00 until the storm passes; anyone found on the streets during the curfew will be arrested. Officials in Terrebonne have not yet stated whether similar measures will be imposed in the parish.
At least 1m people may require evacuation from New Orleans. All highways from the city will be made one-way from 04.00 on 31 August to facilitate easier departures. Traffic has been suspended on the Mississippi river between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans, and commercial flights at the New Orleans International Airport (MSY) will be halted by 18.00 on 31 August. Many of the oil installations in the Gulf of Mexico on 30 August shut down operations and evacuated their personnel.
Approximately 1,500 police officers and 2,000 National Guard troops are on the streets in New Orleans to prevent looting and crime.