Hurricane Ida LIVE: Biden warns that the storm is “worse than Katrina” and poses a grave threat to life.
HURRICANE Ida has made landfall in the southern United States, with one expert predicting that the Category 4 hurricane might be even worse than Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005, and President Joe Biden declaring it a “danger to life.”
Ida is a “very dangerous” weather system that could flood most of Louisiana’s coastline as the state deals with a COVID-19 outbreak that is already putting hospitals under a lot of strain. On Saturday, as people of the Gulf Coast evacuated and businesses closed, the hurricane strengthened quicker than forecasters had projected, providing another another difficulty for US President Joe Biden.
As residents and holidaymakers fled the seaside, officials ordered broad evacuations of low-lying and coastal districts, clogging highways and leaving some petrol stations empty.
“Intensity forecast puts #Ida with 100 mph max sustained winds near latitude of New Orleans, possibly still hurricane at latitude of Baton Rouge,” Rick Knabb, the Weather Channel’s hurricane analyst, tweeted this morning. Hurricane warnings have been issued for both metros.
“Could be a worse wind storm than Zeta or Katrina for New Orleans, with more rain-induced flooding.”
The aftermath of Hurricane Laura a year ago is still being felt in Southern Louisiana.
To make matters worse, during the last seven days, the state has seen the third-highest incidence of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the United States.
On Friday, more than 3,400 new illnesses were reported, with over 2,700 people hospitalized as a result of the virus.
Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana stated on Saturday that the storm might be the deadliest direct impact by a hurricane in the state since the 1850s.
“The ramifications of having a Category 4 hurricane while hospitals are crowded are beyond what we ordinarily consider,” he said at a press briefing.
“We’ve been talking to hospitals to make sure their generators are operating, that they have a lot more water on hand than usual, and that they have personal protective equipment on hand.”
Ida was roughly 75 miles south of the Mississippi River’s mouth at 9 a.m. GMT, with top sustained winds of 140 mph.
Hurricane Ida, according to US President Joe Biden, poses a threat to life and the potential for massive devastation, including long-term power disruptions. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”