Melonie Stewart, center, discusses precautions New Orleans residents should take in preparation of Hurricane Harvey. 

As gusts from Hurricane Nate hit Louisiana's coast, Melonie Stewart, director of customer service at Entergy, urged New Orleans residents to be prepared in case they find themselves without power for up to seven days.

"As you've heard, this is an extreme wind event, and the category of the hurricane is getting stronger," she said at a press conference with Jefferson Parish officials. "Please prepare for seven days."

At a press conference with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Charles Rice reiterated Stewart's statements:

Stewart said Energy — including 1,800 restoration workers — will be on standby as the storm passes. Residents can report power outages through the Entergy app or by visiting entergystorecenter.com.

Residents can call 1-800-9-OUTAGE to report damage to power lines.