The element struck five minutes before noon local time (18:55 CEST) for the coastal city of Port Fortune, located dozens of kilometers from New Orleans. Strong winds began hitting parts of the Louisiana coast this morning, leaving about 100,000 homes without power, the Associated Press reported.
Painful video from Grand Isle of Louisiana just minutes ago as Hurricane Ida approaches land. The winds are absolutely screaming and you hear reports of gusts of 140+ mph. The occurrence of a large storm surge and the water is rising rapidly. Fed Credit John Humphries / Severestudios.com pic.twitter.com/3qEM6HKuQU
– Western_Kansas_Wx (@300MphEF5) August 29, 2021
The Louisiana government declared a state of emergency, and the New Orleans City Council announced the mandatory evacuation of parts of the city on Friday. Citizens’ authorities have urged them to leave their homes or secure them properly and to hide in the safest places. They advised them to stock up on supplies for three days. “The first 72 hours are up to you, the rescuers find it difficult to reach you for the first three days,” said Colin Arnold of the New Orleans Emergency Center.
Hurricane Ida struck exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,880 people in the same area and caused massive material damage. According to meteorologists, Hurricane Katrina was a degree weaker than Ida. However, the Louisiana government hopes the hurricane will cause less damage and kill fewer lives as a result of the large-scale flood infrastructure investments made by the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans after 2005.
Zdroj: TASR/Scott Threlkeld/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP
New Orleans officials said the hurricane intensified so quickly that there was no time to organize a mandatory evacuation of its 390,000 residents. Mayor Latoya Cantrell called on people to leave the area voluntarily.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Nora faces the west coast of Mexico
Meanwhile, Hurricane Nora reached the west coast of Mexico after heading to the Gulf of California after hitting the resort area of Puerto Vallarta.
Authorities in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where Nora briefly hit the mainland on Saturday, said they had not yet reported significant damage from the affected areas. Mexicans on the central and northern Pacific coast have warned of the dangers of flooding, landslides and dangerous surfing in turbulent waters.
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