Hurricane Gustav is heading for New Orleans as CATEGORY 4! New Orleans is under evacuation! LALATE has New Orleans Hurricane Gustav evacuations details right now.
New Orleans residents are under evacuation at 11 am PST Saturday as Hurricane Gustav has increased to the deadly Category 4 classification and is heading straight for New Orleans.
LALATE first broke Hurricane Gustav, when it was only a tropical storm, and advised readers of warnings from the NHC that Gustav could touch the Gulf region by Sunday morning, Saturday evening. Now those predictions, sadly, are coming true.
The bus terminal line in New Orleans’s Union Passenger Terminal has a line wait over a mile long. Help is on hand passing out water in the blistering sun.
As of this LALATE report, there is no New Orleans mandatory evacuation. But youth and elderly without transportation are being evacuated today on buses pursuant to a state contract. That contract has allocated a reported 700 buses for the effort.
If you are taking Interstate 55 north, traffic is heavy but reportedly not horrible.
One of the big concerns – ATMs. Reportedly, they are running out of cash as people stock up for Hurricane Gustav prior to their evacuation.
Law enforcement is not waiting for mandatory evacuations. They are currently going up and down the streets advising residents where to evacuate to in advance of Gustav.
Of note – the Superdome will not be a backup plan like with Katrina. It’s not going to be opened.
Expected for Sunday:
1. All interstate traffic lanes be converted to north bound traffic to assist evacuations.
2. Mandatory Evacuations
Stay with LALATE for Gustav and Hanna breaking news all weekend long.