Ida has grown stronger and is a category 4 hurricane on the five-point ascending Saffir-Simpson scale. It will hit the Louisiana coast on Sunday afternoon.
Hurricane Ida is getting closer to the coast of the United States. It is located approximately 160 kilometers south of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It carries winds blowing at an average speed of 215 kilometers per hour, the US National Center for Hurricanes (NHC) reported.
“Massive hurricane Ida continues to grow stronger, it is now a dangerous Category 4 hurricane that is expected to hit the Louisiana coast in the afternoon,” the NHC wrote on its website.
Evacuation of people
The inhabitants of Louisiana are leaving the most endangered areas en masse. There are many kilometers of traffic jams on the roads and highways. Airports are crowded. The services are closing the flood barriers.
“I left Port Fourchon at 8pm Saturday, and this is a ghost town,” said Andre LeBlanc, a Louisiana resident. “We were one of the last to get out of there,” he added.
Scott Pierce, 32, has evacuated to Florida to escape Ida. “We’re terrified,” said Pierce, worried about his home on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards said Saturday Ida may be the worst hurricane to hit Louisiana in decades. He assured that around 10,000 grid operators across the state are ready to respond to power outages. The Louisiana National Guard was also mobilized.
The @CityOfNOLA is issuing a mandatory evacuation for areas outside the levees (red) and a voluntary evacuation for the rest of the parish (yellow).#Ida could bring up to 11ft surge outside levees, and dangerous winds & heavy rain for the full area. pic.twitter.com/dkJuAkgKUC
– NOLA Ready (@nolaready) August 27, 2021
The worst fear is in New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina struck exactly 16 years ago, on August 29, 2005, with painful memories still circulating throughout the city. More than 1,800 people died then, and the losses were counted in tens of billions of dollars.
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