- Hurricane Ida would hit New Orleans on Sunday as a category 3.
- This just a few days away from the anniversary of the natural phenomenon Katrina.
- Evacuation is ordered and citizens protect themselves against the threatening hurricane.
Growing from a tropical storm to a hurricane as it moved through the Caribbean near Cuba, while New Orleans and the state of Louisiana prepared for a direct hit on Sunday as a category 3, just a few days away from the anniversary of the impact of the natural phenomenon Katrina, according to the AP news agency and Forbes.
“Data from a hurricane hunter aircraft from the Air Force Reserve indicates that #Ida has strengthened into a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph,” reported the National Hurricane Center of the United States, based in Miami. 75 mph equals 120 km / h. “There are tropical storm conditions in Cayo Largo, Cuba,” the Center added in a tweet.
For her part, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Friday asked all people living outside the levee system that protects the area from flooding to leave their homes. He said he did not know how many people live there, but called for residents with health conditions and other special needs to leave soon, before the arrival of Storm Ida.
“The time has come,” Cantrell said. Ida is forecast to pick up hurricane strength on Friday before hitting western Cuba, where the government issued a hurricane watch for its westernmost provinces and Isla de la Juventud to the south.
Hurricane Ida: UP TO 20 INCHES
“The forecast track has to go straight into New Orleans. It’s not good, ”said Jim Kossin, senior scientist at The Climate Service. Up to 20 inches of rain could fall in some places, making flash floods and deadly landslides possible, forecasters said.
Ida was expected to become a hurricane on Friday before hitting tobacco-rich western Cuba, where the government issued a hurricane warning on Friday for its westernmost provinces and the Isle of Youth.
Hurricane Ida: GREATEST HAZARD
Then an even greater danger will begin over the Gulf, where forecasts lined up with predicting that Ida will strengthen very quickly and become a major hurricane, hitting 120 mph (193 kph) before making landfall in the Mississippi River delta. Sunday night, the Hurricane Center said.
If that forecast is true, Ida would come 16 years after the day Hurricane Katrina landed as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph (201 kph) winds near the riverside community of Buras in Plaquemines Parish, just down the Mississippi. from New Orleans. Buras and New Orleans are among the places most likely to be hit by hurricane force winds from Ida, the National Hurricane Center said.
Hurricane Ida: PROTECT YOURSELF
People were getting ready in New Orleans on Friday, lining up to buy food, gasoline and ice, and the city was offering sandbags to protect their homes from the ingress of water, as well as putting wood in the windows.
Traffic snagged at the entrances to a New Orleans Costco, where dozens of cars were parked at gas pumps and shoppers were pulling out carts full of boxes of bottled water and other essentials.
Hurricane Ida: PREPARE
Retired police officer Wondell Smith, who was working in the police force 16 years ago when Katrina struck, said he and his family planned to stay, but were also preparing to go inland if the outlook got worse. He loaded water, bread, and a meat sandwich into his SUV.
“I know what that looks like,” Smith said, referring to the possible devastation. “This is the first time I have been home in 34 years of service,” he added. “And I want to be prepared,” he commented on the contingency. Filed Under: Hurricane Ida
The start of Saturday’s preseason game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Saints at the Superdome was moved early to avoid the weather by noon Central Time by seven hours after consultation with city and federal officials and the National Weather Service.
On Friday morning, Ida’s maximum sustained winds increased rapidly from 40 mph (65 kph) to 65 mph (100 kph) as it approached Cuba. Tropical storm-force winds extended up to 90 miles (150 kilometers) from the center. Filed Under: Hurricane Ida
“IT HAS POTENTIAL”
“Ida certainly has the potential to be very bad,” said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami. “It will move quickly, so the trip across the Gulf from Cuba to Louisiana will only take a day and a half.”
A hurricane watch was declared for New Orleans and an emergency declaration for the state of Louisiana. Category 3 hurricanes can cause devastating damage to the population. Filed Under: Hurricane Ida
“Unfortunately, the entire coast of Louisiana is currently in the forecast cone for Tropical Storm Ida, which is strengthening and could hit the Louisiana coast as a major hurricane as Gulf conditions are conducive to rapid intensification. ”Said Governor John Bel Edwards.
“By Saturday night, everyone should be in the place where they intend to weather the storm,” added the governor. There was a hurricane watch from Cameron, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and the New Orleans metropolitan area. Filed Under: Hurricane Ida
A dangerous storm surge was also possible along the Gulf Coast. If it pushes a storm surge at high tide, Ida could overlap some levees, with 7 to 11 feet (2.1 to 3.4 meters) of water forecast from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
“There is an increasing risk of life-threatening storm surge, damaging hurricane force winds and heavy rain on Sunday and Monday, especially along the Louisiana coast,” the hurricane center said. Filed Under: Hurricane Ida
The mayor of Grand Isle, a Louisiana city on a narrow barrier island in the Gulf, said a voluntary evacuation Thursday night would be mandatory Friday. More heavy rains are likely in Mississippi as Ida moves inland, causing “considerable flash flooding, urban, small streams and rivers,” the hurricane center said.
By the time it reaches the central Gulf Coast on Sunday, it could dump 8 to 16 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rain, with 20 inches in isolated areas from southeastern Louisiana to the coast of Mississippi and Alabama through Monday. in the morning. Filed Under: Hurricane Ida