Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, just before 1 p.m. Here a look at the conditions over there:
Ida, which became a Category 1 hurricane Friday afternoon has strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds.
The situation is dramatic on Grand Isle:
10am view of #GrandIsle, Louisiana! The Gulf of Mexico is surging in ahead of the eye of #Ida. Up to 16 feet of surge is expected. Winds are gusting here up to 136 mph. Video shared by Christie Angelette with our sister station in New Orleans, WVUE. @spann pic.twitter.com/QW14HOi511
— Jeff Castle KSLA (@jeffcastleksla) August 29, 2021
Now a video of the storm surge affecting the area:
Breaking: Hurricane Ida makes landfall over Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. A video shows storm surge affecting the area: pic.twitter.com/0wQqUjOAmF
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) August 29, 2021
— IngGeofisico 🌎 (@ChaacTlaloc) August 29, 2021
Now look at these lightnings spinning around the eye of the apocalyptic storm just before landfall:
And here you go again! Amazing, no?
.@NOAA‘s #GOESEast 🛰️ is tracking the extremely dangerous Cat. 4 #HurricaneIda, expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge and #hurricane-force winds to the coast of southeastern #Louisiana today.
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 29, 2021
This is of the strongest hurricanes on record to hit the state of Louisiana. It will decrease to a tropical storm nearing the border of Mississippi by Monday morning.
Rapidly deteriorating conditions & storm surge arriving in Grand Isle, Louisiana with major #hurricaneida just hours away from a dangerous landfall.
— MetWatch (@MetWatchUK) August 29, 2021
The storm landed on the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a Category 3 storm that ravaged the Gulf Coast, taking the lives of more than 1,800 people and leaving more than $100 billion worth of damage in its wake.
Now let’s dive into IDA’s eye:
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 29, 2021
Residents who did not evacuate storm-affected regions of Louisiana are being instructed to shelter in place, as conditions are now too perilous for first responders to save them.
Streets of New Orleans are alread filling up with water:
Streets in parts of New Orleans, Louisiana are flooded as the outer bands of Hurricane Ida lash the state ahead of the storm’s expected landfall.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 29, 2021
“There’s nobody coming right now,” said New Orleans Director of Homeland Security Collin Arnold Amayor during a press conference Sunday afternoon. “You need to stay inside.”
The storm was an absolute monster before landfall:
People have even been instructed to avoid going to hospitals, which are hunkering down amid the life-threatening winds and heavy rain.
“Please do not try to access a health care or hospital facility right now,” said Jennifer Avegno, director of the New Orleans Health Department. “Our hospitals are hunkering down. They are caring for the patients who are within their walls… We will be there for you when the storm passes.”
You can have a look at the video conference here:
Similar VERY strong wording was released by the NWS in New Orleans yesterday’s evening with regards to Hurricane Ida:
There have now been two years in a row of record-breaking hurricanes making landfall in Louisiana.
Hurricane Laura on Aug. 27, 2020 and Hurricane Ida today were both packed with 150 mph winds.
The previous hurricane to contain winds at such speeds in Louisiana was the Last Island Hurricane in 1856.
When it comes to pressure, Ida is the second-strongest storm on record to hit Louisiana, beating out only Hurricane Katrina.
Sixteen years ago today, Aug. 29, 2005, catastrophic Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana. [ABC]
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