New Orleans mayor urges people to EVACUATE as Hurricane Ida strengthens, likely to hit city on anniversary of Katrina disaster
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has ordered the evacuation of all residents living outside the city’s levee system, and advised those inside to consider leaving too, as the city braces for Hurricane Ida’s landfall.
“Now is the time to start,” Cantrell said at a press conference on Friday as she urged New Orleans residents to pack up supplies and leave before the storm hits. She particularly ordered everyone living outside the levee system that protects the area from flooding to evacuate to safer places.
Being on the east side of the storm track, we’re anticipating significant impacts‼️We are calling for a mandatory evacuation for areas outside the levee system, including Lake Catherine, Irish Bayou, & Venetian Isles. Residents in those areas must evacuate by Saturday AM.— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) August 27, 2021
Those inside the levee could also leave of their own volition, the mayor added.
The US National Weather Service said on Friday that the tropical storm, which was about to reach Cuba, was now classified as a Category 1 hurricane, with its winds reaching a speed of 120 kilometers an hour. The Cuban government already issued a hurricane warning for the nation’s western provinces.
🌀 Ida is now a Category 1 hurricane, with sustained maximum winds of 75 mph.NOW is the time to be prepared. Hurricane Checklist ✔Food/Water✔Medicine/First Aid✔3 Ways to Access Information pic.twitter.com/h0v2MKmure— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) August 27, 2021
Further forecasts said that Ida could turn into a major Category 3 hurricane with winds of up to 193 kilometers an hour when it reaches the US coast. “The forecast track has it headed straight towards New Orleans. Not good,” said Jim Kossin, a senior scientist with the Climate Service.
The @CityOfNOLA continues to monitor #Ida, which is forecast to be a Cat 3 Hurricane on landfall. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for #NOLA. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for coastal areas outside of levee protection pic.twitter.com/dQRhXqVYSX— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) August 27, 2021
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the state on Thursday in anticipation of the weather system making landfall this weekend.
“Unfortunately, all of Louisiana’s coastline is currently in the forecast cone,” Edwards said, adding that “by Saturday evening, everyone should be in the location where they intend to ride out the storm.”
Hurricane Ida could very well strike New Orleans on the same date that the devastating Hurricane Katrina hit 16 years ago – August 29.Also on rt.com Tropical Storm Henri upgraded to HURRICANE as it bears down on US Northeast
Back in 2005, Katrina claimed some 1,800 lives as it raged through an area stretching from the central Louisiana coast to around the Mississippi-Alabama state line. It also caused catastrophic flooding in New Orleans, with some 80% of the city under water.
“Ida certainly has the potential to be very bad,” said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami. “It will be moving quickly, so the trek across the Gulf from Cuba to Louisiana will only take 1.5 days.”
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