NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city beginning 8 a.m. Sunday but urged residents to consider escaping “the mother of all storms” before then.
“You need to be scared,” Nagin said of the Category 4 hurricane tearing along Cuba's western coast. “You need to be concerned, and you need to get your butts moving out of New Orleans right now. This is the storm of the century.”
The city's west bank is to evacuate at 8 a.m.
Nagin said the city had evacuated roughly 10,000 people Saturday on buses, trains and planes, in addition to the thousands who left on their own. Buses from collection points would continue running until midnight and resume at 6 a.m. Sunday, he said. continue reading