New Orleans creates ‘most dangerous’ hurricane Ida
Tens of thousands of residents New Orleans And the beach area Louisiana They are evacuating the area this Saturday Before the Ida attackIt’s expected to turn into a hurricane. “Very dangerous“Before crossing the coast of the United States this Sunday, winds will continue to reach 140 miles per hour (225 km / h).
With the recollection of what happened to him 16 years ago Hurricane KatrinaIt destroyed the city, thousands of citizens New Orleans Authorities warn of congestion on highways to the north Rapid strengthening of Ida, Which gains strength in hot water Gulf of Mexico After going behind Cuba.
The evacuation of thousands of people from the coastal area has caused significant retention this Saturday and has started fuel shortages in many places. New Orleans And an area where a curfew order was issued in the Terrephone parish on Ida’s possible route.
The first hurricane to cross the border in the United States. So far this season on the Atlantic count It is now 350 miles (565 km) southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is expected to reach the U.S. coast on Sunday afternoon or evening. As Type 4 At the Sapphire-Simpson scale, a maximum of 5 and hurricanes can be measured based on their wind strength.
But its biggest danger is water and, according to National Hurricane Center (NHC), Normal sea level can rise up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) in front of a “catastrophic” storm river. Mississippi.
National Weather Service New Orleans Warns of strong winds of up to 150 mph (240 km / h) Areas of southeastern Louisiana, Due to “structural damage” that can damage buildings, “many of them will be washed away.”
Large and dangerous waves of up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) and heavy rainfall are expected in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi until Monday.
They are all Floods and flooding may occur in this area, The same area where hurricanes are expected to be recorded from Sunday to Monday dawn, experts warned.
Mayor of the City, Ladoya Condrell, Ordered the forced eviction of people living outside this Friday The construction of dams to protect the city against possible floodingFor the rest, he recommends that they leave the area or seek protection.
At a news conference this Saturday, Condrell said he would decide whether to stay or leave.Immediately“Okay,”Time is not on the side“Citizenship and Ida are coming very soon and they should all be ready before tonight.
Was governor of Louisiana. John Bell Edwards“The countdown to the evacuation has already begun and it is expected that residents will be ready for Ida’s arrival by this Saturday evening.”Severe vulnerabilities“In the state.
Edwards has already called for a declaration Emergency, President Joe Biden agreed shortly after that it could help the region with federal funding and means.
Katrina in mind
Considered one of them The worst natural disasters in American history By the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hurricane Katrina In 2005, it killed 1,833 people and displaced nearly one million people.
City, built in between Mississippi River and Pontchardine Lake, Due to the strong winds that formed when the mouths of the lake broke and almost completely submerged Katrina, Became Type 3 on August 29, 2005, while Ida was predicted to be a Force 4.
But now local officials believe the multi-million dollar investment in the control and pumping system will prevent a possible tragedy on the same day after 16 years. And they promise New Orleans It is “a very different city in terms of security and infrastructure” as it was 16 years ago.
Louisiana is used to the onslaught of these powerful tropical storms. Ida It comes almost a year after Laura came ashore on August 27, 2020 As the strongest hurricane recorded in this state, With winds of up to 150 miles per hour (240 km / h), and about 40 deaths in the United States.
Is coming now Ida, Which went before Cuba This Friday, there were no casualties so far as it crossed the coast as Type 1 hurricane and crossed the country at its western tip.