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Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall in the United States on Sunday as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm that could bring a life-threatening storm surge, potentially catastrophic wind damage and flooding rainfall, officials have warned.
The weather system threatens to plunge much of the Louisiana shoreline under water, having intensified faster than experts had predicted on Saturday. Residents of the Gulf Coast have been evacuating their homes and businesses have been shut down.
Early on Sunday Ida was a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the National Hurricane Center said. At 4 am CDT (9 am GMT) it was located about 75 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, with top sustained winds of 140 mph.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said on Saturday that the storm could be the state’s worst direct hit by a hurricane since the 1850s.
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Hurricane Ida has made landfall, hitting Louisiana with 150mph winds
Hurricane Ida has officially made landfall, reaching the southeastern coast of Louisiana near Port Fourchon at 11:55am.
The storm brought winds blowing at 150 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service Hurricane Center.
“Ida made landfall as an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and a minimum central pressure of 930 mb (27.46 inches),” the Center said in a tweet.
Nathan Place29 August 2021 18:11
Power outages have left almost 93,000 people without electricity in Louisiana
As Hurricane Ida bears down on Louisiana, 92,609 people in the state have lost their electricity, according to poweroutage.us.
PowerOutage.US is an ongoing project created to track, record, and aggregate power outages across the united states.
Nathan Place29 August 2021 17:55
Video shows the view inside Hurricane Ida
Video from a NOAA aircraft shows the view inside the hurricane currently barreling toward Louisiana.
Nathan Place29 August 2021 17:43
FEMA sends thousands of workers to US southeast
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent 2,400 of its employees to states being hit by Hurricane Ida, CNN has reported.
Those states include Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Texas.
“FEMA is working with its federal, state and local partners as well as non-governmental agencies to support needs of areas affected by Ida,” FEMA said in a statement. “The agency positioned supplies such as meals, water, and generators to assist states with impacts from this storm.”
President Joe Biden listens during a FEMA briefing on Hurricane Ida in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Nathan Place29 August 2021 17:14
Photos show severe flooding from Hurricane Ida in Mississippi
Cars drive through flood waters along route 90 as outer bands of Hurricane Ida arrive Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Gulfport, Miss. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Harrison County W Wittmann Road in Pass Christian, Miss. floods in the early morning of Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 as a result of the arrival of Hurricane Ida. (Hunter Dawkins/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)
Highway 90 westbound in Pass Christian, Miss. overflows with flooding waters early as a result of the arrival of Hurricane Ida on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (Hunter Dawkins/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)
Henderson Avenue in Pass Christian, Miss. completely flooded as a result of the arrival of Hurricane Ida early Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (Hunter Dawkins/The Gazebo Gazette via AP)
Nathan Place29 August 2021 17:03
Violent wind and waves seen in Grand Isle, Louisiana
Video from Fox 8 NOLA reporter Zack Fradella shows brutal winds and waves rocking the island town of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Nathan Place29 August 2021 16:56
Flooding worsens in Biloxi, Mississippi
Flooding has intensified in Biloxi, Mississippi, where a casino’s parking garage was underwater by late Sunday morning.
Reporter Justin Mitchell captured the scene on video.
Nathan Place29 August 2021 16:42
Massive storm waves seen in Alabama
Startling video footage shows enormous waves breaking on the shores of Fort Morgan, Alabama.
US weather authorities had predicted that Alabama would be among the states affected by “life-threatening flash and urban flooding” from Hurricane Ida.
Nathan Place29 August 2021 16:38
Louisiana governor: ‘We’re as ready as we can be’
Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is “as ready as we can be” for Hurricane Ida, but the storm will be “a very serious test” of the state’s levee’s systems.
“It’s going to be a very, very challenging storm for our state, and it comes at a very difficult time as well,” the governor told CNN, explaining that hospitals are already filled with Covid patients, making it difficult for them to take on new patients hurt in the storm.
Nathan Place29 August 2021 16:29
Weather authorities predict ‘extremely life-threatening storm surge’ and ‘catastrophic wind damage’ from Ida
US weather authorities are predicting an “extremely life-threatening storm surge,” “catastrophic wind damage,” power outages, and “life-threatening flash and urban flooding” in Louisiana and Mississippi due to Hurricane Ida.
The dire warnings were announced by the National Hurricane Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Twitter.
Nathan Place29 August 2021 16:15