Hurricane Ida is about to hit Louisiana on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Ida is heading for the United States after hitting Cuba on Friday. According to AP News, the hurricane is expected to land in Louisiana on August 29, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As you may recall, Katrina claimed nearly 2,000 lives and destroyed more than 100,000 homes in New Orleans in 2005.
The storm quickly intensified from a tropical storm to a hurricane with peak winds of 80 mph. When it hits Louisiana on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center predicts it will be an “extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane” with peak winds of 140 mph.
“This will be a life-changing storm for those who are not prepared,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Scott during a news conference Friday.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards urged residents to use the next 24 hours to prepare for the hurricane. He advised that everyone should be where they “want to weather the storm” by Saturday night.
President Biden has also declared a federal emergency in the state. This is a developing story.
Watch Governor John Bel Edwards’ press conference below:
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