Tracking Hurricane Ida as it approaches New Orleans as a Category 4 storm – ‘DO NOT GO OUTSIDE!’
HURRICANE IDA has been upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane with wind gusts of up to 150 mph (240 km/h) and is set to make landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The National Hurricane Center has advised people to stay inside for the next 24 hours and prepare to hunker down.
Hurricane Ida has been intensifying over the previous three days and is now on the verge of making landfall in Louisiana. Authorities have issued a frantic plea to the public, asking them to stay indoors at all costs as the Category 4 storm approaches.
With Hurricane Ida on her way, tens of thousands of Louisiana residents are fleeing the state.
Ida is a major storm in the Gulf of Mexico that has been intensifying.
It’s projected to deliver a life-threatening storm surge, and it’s expected to be even stronger than Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Locals should expect the storm’s eye to hit the ground shortly after 7 p.m. UK time.
“If you are sheltering in place, move to an inner room of your house,” the National Weather Service in New Orleans tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
“Get ready to hibernate for the next 24 hours. As #Ida reaches landfall, conditions will deteriorate throughout the day!
“DO NOT GO OUTSIDE DURING THIS TIME! We repeat, DO NOT GO OUTSIDE DURING THIS TIME! Maintain your position. #lawx #mswx.”
After making impact, Ida is forecast to move slightly north west.
Throughout Monday, it will pass directly over Baton Rouge, and by the evening, it will have reached the Mississippi border.
By Tuesday morning, the city of Jackson could be braced for strong gusts and rain.
On Wednesday morning, the hurricane is expected to hit Tennessee.
Before making landfall, the hurricane was on the verge of being upgraded to a Category 5 storm.
On Sunday, the average wind speed was 150 miles per hour (241 kilometers per hour).
According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, any storm with wind gusts greater than 252 km/h is classified as a Category 5 storm.
The hurricane was “generating into a very, very deadly storm,” according to US President Joe Biden.
Storm surge warnings have been issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) for regions of Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida.
The Mississippi River’s mouth could see a 16-foot surge in water level, according to the report.
“The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location,” according to the National Hurricane Center.