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Miami's mayor calls a hurricane press conference (during a hurricane)



How bad is the weather in Miami?

Not so bad that the mayor couldn't call a press conference Saturday afternoon to announce that his city was instituting a 7 p.m. curfew. The curfew will last until 7 a.m. Sunday, unless conditions linger as Hurricane Irma heads north.

Mayor Tomas Regalado said getting the information out was crucial. But asked why he would call the media to Miami's Emergency Operations Center rather than, say, simply sending a press release, Regalado had this to say:

"The only way that we have to reach in a massive way the residents of the city of Miami, or any residents for that matter, is through the mass media. We know people are glued to the media, be it social media or the TV, because there's anxiety ... I personally felt that just sending a press release would kind of confuse people. So, we ask for your support in disseminating this information. We can reach a lot of people and people can understand what is going on. This was an important news conference because it's an important decision the city can take. We are not competing for air time. But this was needed."

This article has been changed to correct the day of the press conference. It was held Saturday.