Hurricane Ida turned into a severe Type 4 storm today, and on the same day it made landfall in the US state of Louisiana. New Orleans and other coastal areas have been largely evacuated due to the expected extensive damage.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported winds of up to 215 kilometers per hour in the early hours of the morning (local time). The Center expects Ida to cause “life-threatening flood” landslides as a “very dangerous” Type 4 storm. This will probably happen in the evening or early next night. At this time last year, the United States Coping With Severe Hurricane: Laura.
Update: Hurricane Ida is now Gate 4 storm at 150 mph. https://t.co/t21tw46PLf
Currently 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana
NHC: “Catastrophic wind damage possible”
The NHC says a “very dangerous storm surge” of + 9+ is “imminent” pic.twitter.com/i4TGKNY5cZ
– NBC News (NBCNews) August 29, 2021
Hurricane Ida hit the United States
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced along the coast. Images from local media show that there were long traffic jams on the roads leading to the interior yesterday. The National Weather Service has called on people in the areas where the evacuation order was issued to actually evacuate. This advice applies to people who are not forced to leave their home, but who live in the area.
Governor John Bell Edwards warned yesterday that it could be the worst hurricane to hit the state since 1850. Meteorologists are optimistic about the current trajectory and intensity of Hurricane Ida. You don’t often hear them speak so loudly, “Edwards told reporters.
Louisiana President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency and promised to help as soon as the storm passes.
Wow. Hurricane Ida turns into an utterly terrifying monster storm – Type 5, with 150 miles of wind & 17 miles of ‘eye’. One of the biggest hurricanes in America. In a few hours it will cause chaos when it strikes Louisiana – congratulations to everyone there. ⁇ pic.twitter.com/6Fv6hfkbkX
– ியர்piersmorgan August 29, 2021
16 years after Katrina
Ida comes sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in American history. New Orleans, Louisiana’s largest city, was 80 percent underwater at the time. More than 1800 died as a result of the natural disaster. The damage ran into billions of dollars.
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