Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as some of the highly effective storms in US historical past, slamming the area with monster winds simply shy of a Class 5 ‘cane, forecasters mentioned.
The colossal Class 4 hurricane stormed ashore across the barrier island of Grand Isle, formally making landfall within the offshore-oil city of Port Fourchon round 11:55 a.m. native time — solely about 40 miles west of the place Hurricane Katrina struck precisely 16 years earlier, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart mentioned.
On the time of Sunday’s landfall, Ida had most sustained winds of about 150 mph. A storm is taken into account Class 5, probably the most highly effective, at 157 mph.
The storm has preliminarily tied for the fifth strongest hurricane to come back ashore within the nation based mostly on wind velocity. Based mostly on central stress, it is usually tied for ninth strongest US landfall.
The ferocious hurricane coincided with the precise day that Class 3 Katrina made landfall in Louisiana in 2005, when it left at the least 1,833 lifeless and thousands and thousands homeless alongside the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
“Ida will most positively be stronger than Katrina, and by a reasonably large margin,’’ mentioned College of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. “And, the worst of the storm will go over New Orleans and Baton Rouge, which obtained the weaker facet of Katrina.”
The Nationwide Climate Service mentioned a “life-threatening storm surge” was already impacting many of the state’s shoreline, with the seawater predicted to rise as excessive as 15 ft in Port Fourchon.
Kevin Gilmore, a NWS meteorologist for the New Orleans/Baton Rouge workplace, mentioned the storm, with its rain and damaging winds, was “simply completely inundating” the island group of Grand Isle.
“There are experiences of roofs being peeled off,” Gilmore mentioned.
Footage posted on Twitter confirmed the island already had torrents of flood after midday.
Ida is anticipated to journey throughout the southeast Louisiana wetlands, weakening solely barely, after which pummel New Orleans and Baton Rouge with devastating climate.
Forecasters predicted that it’s going to wind all the way down to a Class 1 or 2 storm because it strikes inland to Baton Rouge later Sunday.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sunday warned that the storm “goes to be a really critical check for our levee programs.
“And it comes at a time that, fairly frankly, it presents some very difficult difficulties for us with the hospitals being so stuffed with COVID sufferers,” Edwards mentioned on CNN.
Edwards mentioned officers had been working to discover lodge rooms so as to present protected shelter for evacuees amid a resurgence of COVID-19 instances. The state had secured rooms for 20,000 folks throughout final yr’s hurricane season.
“So we all know how to do that,” Edwards mentioned. “I hope and pray we don’t must do it anyplace close to that extent.”
Locations comparable to Grand Isle, La., already had torrents of flooding afternoon, footage posted on Twitter exhibits.
Neighboring states had been already feeling results from Ida, too.
Components of Gulfport in Mississippi had been underwater by early afternoon, in keeping with video on Twitter.
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