- Hurricane Ida has already reached category 4.
- Until now, Hurricane Ida threatens the US winds of 240 km per hour.
- Experts say that Hurricane Ida is one of the most dangerous in decades.
Hurricane Ida continues its rapid escalation in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is already a category 4 cyclone on the Saffir Simpson scale a few hours before it makes landfall on the coast of Louisiana, in the United States, reported the Efe news agency on Sunday.
According to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), issued at 0800 local time (12.00 GMT), the “extremely dangerous” Ida already generates maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (240 km / h), with even more intense streaks.
The potential damage from Hurricane Ida could leave the area temporarily “uninhabitable”
The National Weather Service has assured that the potential damage from Ida is such that it could leave the area “uninhabitable for weeks or months.” Hurricane Ida is about 65 miles (90 km) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, where it is heading at a speed of 15 miles per hour (24 km / h).
Reports from the “hurricane hunter” plane indicate that the estimated minimum central pressure is 935 millibars, while the effects are already beginning to be felt on the ground and at stations near Southwest Pass, in Louisiana, they already report a sustained wind of 82 miles per hour (131 km / h) and a gust of 107 mph (172 km / h), Efe detailed.
Hurricane Ida keeps getting stronger
Ida has strengthened rapidly since it came into contact with the warm and deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where it entered this Friday after leaving the island of Cuba behind, the aforementioned news agency detailed.
If at 3.00 local time (07.00 GMT) this Saturday the force of its winds was 80 miles per hour (130 km / h), just 14 hours later it was already producing maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (165 km / h ) and in less than 24 hours it became a “major” hurricane, explained Efe.
Hurricane Ida would hit the US coast this afternoon
, meteorologists estimate that Ida could maintain its current strength of category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, out of a maximum of 5 and that it measures hurricanes based on the strength of their winds.
In addition to the strong winds, the greatest concern of the authorities in Louisiana and the city of New Orleans lies in the flooding in a region low above sea level and from which thousands of people evacuated on Saturday.
Storm surge warning
The NHC warns that a storm surge could raise normal sea level by up to 16 feet (4.8 meters) in the area of the mouth of the Mississippi and an accumulation of rainwater of up to 24 inches (60 centimeters) of water in southeastern Louisiana and the southern tip of the state of Mississippi through Monday.
This could cause severe urban flooding and life-threatening flash floods, a danger that would be added to possible tornadoes on Sunday and Monday in the northern Gulf Coast states, including parts of eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, central and southern Alabama and the extreme western Florida.
The most dangerous in decades
Hurricane Ida will be one of the strongest to hit Louisiana since at least the 1850s, the governor told reporters Saturday, according to a report by NBC News.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service “are very confident in the current track and forecast intensity for Hurricane Ida, and you don’t really hear them talk about that level of confidence very often,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a conference of press on Saturday.
“Please go away”
“Once again we emphasize that if you are under an evacuation order or may leave, PLEASE LEAVE. Devastating conditions will occur ”, tweeted the National Weather Service in New Orleans.
The National Hurricane Center said early Saturday that Ida was expected to intensify rapidly as it crossed the Gulf. It is expected to make landfall in Louisiana this Sunday, 16 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf Coast.