- LAST MINUTE: Ida is set to hit the US.
- The dangerous hurricane caused an emergency in the United States.
- Its impact will have strong consequences according to experts.
Hurricane Ida emergency in the United States. Hurricane Ida reached category 2 on the Saffir Simpson scale this Saturday, a day in which it is expected to continue strengthening as it moves towards the coast of Louisiana, Efe reported.
Hurricane Ida is expected to hit the United States this Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said in their latest bulletin, meteorologists explained that Ida already generates winds of 100 miles per hour (155 km / h) and is less than 290 miles (470 km) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Hurricane Ida reaches category 2 heading to the United States
The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico give greater strength to the hurricane, which is expected to hit the US coast on Sunday afternoon or night as a category 3 or 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, out of a maximum of 5 and measuring the hurricanes depending on the strength of their winds, reports Efe.
Hurricane Ida that will hit the United States has been classified as “rapidly intensifying”, which has alarmed the inhabitants of New Orleans, who this Saturday have stalled on the roads in and out of the city before the arrival of the phenomenon .
Hurricane Ida causes thousands to ‘flee’ their homes in the United States
According to experts, Ida is moving rapidly northwest at 16 miles per hour (26 km / h) and hurricane-force winds extend up to 30 miles (45 km) from its center. The arrival of Ida this Sunday has prompted thousands of residents of the Louisiana coastal area to evacuate the region, says Efe.
This, on a weekend that commemorates the anniversary of the tragedy caused by Hurricane Katrina, which on August 29, 2005 caused the death of more than 1,800 people in New Orleans due to the breach of the containment levees. from Lake Pontchartrain.
They indicate where Hurricane Ida is located on the way to the United States
In its latest bulletin, issued at 2:00 p.m. local time (18:00 GMT) in Miami, where it is based, the NHC warns that a “devastating” storm surge could raise normal sea levels by up to 15 feet (4.5 meters). in the area of the mouth of the Mississippi.
The heavy rains from Hurricane Ida in the United States could leave an accumulation of up to 20 inches of water in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi through Monday, which could cause severe urban flooding and potentially deadly floods, Efe said.
Tornado Alert in Multiple Zones
To this must be added that it is possible for tornadoes to form on Sunday and Monday in the states of the northern Gulf coast, including parts of eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, central and southern Alabama, the western tip of Florida, Efe points out.
Ida will arrive in the US after hitting the island of Cuba, where so far no fatalities have been reported, but images of the disaster have already been around the world. Ida is expected to continue in her stride this weekend.