U.S. preparing to resist the force of the next hurricane — by Sunday morning, "Lee" has to move to the land of the Gulf of Mexico. In New Orleans — a city devastated by Hurricane "Katrina" — a state of emergency.
According to CNN, the hurricane gaining strength: wind speed there is relatively low, but it can bring long-term precipitation. According to some estimates, may fall to 90 inches of rain, may be under threat of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
The situation may be complicated by the abundance of tourists on the beaches this weekend — on Monday said the U.S. Labor Day. Thus, to have come to New Orleans a regime of emergency was a complete surprise.
Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu recommends prepare: "All the data that we have, portend sufficient precipitations," — said the mayor, who suffered in 2005 by Hurricane "Katrina", which killed more than 1,800 people.
Hurricane "Lee" has also led to the fact that about a third of production platforms in the Gulf have been closed and their personnel evacuated. According to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the staff were evacuated from 169 of 617 production platforms and 16 of the 62 drilling rigs operating in the Gulf of Mexico.
Last weekend on the East Coast of the U.S. Hurricane "Irene" that has caused the deaths of over 40 people. However, the effects of the hurricane were less significant than expected.
The hurricane season in the Atlantic traditionally lasts from June 1 to November 30.