New Orleans braces for “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Ida

This Saturday, thousands of residents of New Orleans and other cities on the coast of the state of Louisiana evacuated before the imminen...

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  • This Saturday, thousands of residents of New Orleans and other cities on the coast of the state of Louisiana evacuated before the imminent arrival of Hurricane Ida.
  • It is expected to touch US land early Sunday morning as a category 4 hurricane.
  • NHC warned of strong winds, rain, flash floods and river flooding; but their main concern is the possibility of a “devastating” storm surge.

New Orleans is preparing for the “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Ida and after 16 years of the devastating passage of Katrina, this city of Louisiana is once again under threat.

This Saturday, thousands of residents of New Orleans and other cities on the coast of the state of Louisiana evacuated before the imminent arrival of Ida, which is expected to touch land this Sunday.

New Orleans braces for “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Ida

New Orleans prepares for the "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Ida
Photo: NHC

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States had already warned that Ida could become an “extremely dangerous” hurricane just before it makes landfall and announced on Saturday afternoon that it had already taken the force of a category 2 hurricane.

With the system threatening sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour (225 km / h) and wreaking serious havoc on coastal cities, hundreds of citizens have rushed to prepare their homes and businesses, as they crowd on the freeways heading north.

Ida threatens New Orleans and other coastal cities

New Orleans prepares for the "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Ida
Photo: NHC

Not for less, the authorities have already warned that, after leaving Cuba, Ida continues to rapidly strengthen in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But it is not all, because some citizens have in mind the memory of Hurricane Katrina, when it devastated the city of New Orleans 16 years ago.

In view of a discouraging outlook, this Saturday, thousands of citizens rushed out of the coastal area. This massive movement of people has generated retentions in the main road arteries and fuel shortages, EFE reported.

Curfew for Ida

New Orleans prepares for the "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Ida
Photo: NHC

Ida will be the first hurricane to hit US soil so far this 2021 season in the Atlantic. Forecasters have predicted that Ida will reach US shores between Sunday afternoon and evening.

In addition, it would arrive strengthened as a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, out of a maximum of 5. This is why the Terrebonne parish, in Louisiana, which is expected to be right in the path of Ida, has decreed the touch of remains.

Very dangerous storm surge

New Orleans prepares for the "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Ida
Photo: NHC

The NHC warned of strong winds and heavy rains that could lead to flash floods and river flooding; But the main concern of the authorities is the possibility of a “devastating” storm surge.

The storm surge that threatens the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi could cause severe flooding by raising normal sea levels by up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) in some areas and creating large and dangerous waves.

Mandatory evacuate

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In an effort to protect its citizens and in the face of the enormous risk of flooding, LaToya Cantrell, mayor of New Orleans, ordered a mandatory evacuation of those who live outside the levee system that protect the city.

He also recommended to the rest of the citizens to leave the area and protect themselves. In addition, he specified that since “time is not on the side” of the people and that Ida is a few hours away from arriving, they must decide “immediately” whether to evacuate or stay properly prepared.

State of emergency in Louisiana

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The same said John Bel Edwards, governor of Louisiana, who warned that there is very little time to evacuate and that by tonight those who decide to stay must be already prepared for the arrival of Ida.

For now, Edwards has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana and US President Joe Biden has accepted his request to use federal funds and resources to protect the region.

No one forgets Hurricane Katrina

Photo: AP

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina killed 1,833 people and displaced nearly a million residents who lost their homes. Thus, it ended up being listed among the worst natural disasters in American history by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Katrina came to New Orleans as a Category 3, and Ida is expected to do so as a Category 4. New Orleans braces for “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Ida.

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