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"This Storm Could Kill You!" Winds From Hurricane Ida Could Devastate Gulf Coast

Matt Lillywhite

Ida has made landfall as a category four hurricane, compared to Katrina, which made landfall as a Cat 3 and destroyed many areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and the surrounding region.

Millions of people along the gulf coast are bracing themselves for several days of death and destruction.

A major hurricane named Ida has made landfall in Louisiana. And unfortunately, torrential rain, flash flooding, and hurricane-strength winds are extremely probable throughout the entire region. Therefore, cities in the gulf coast region have decided to evacuate in order to minimize the loss of life. Quoting the mayor of New Orleans:

"Time is not on our side. It's just rapidly growing. It's intensifying. If you're voluntarily evacuating our city, now is the time to leave - you need to do so immediately. If you're planning to ride it out, again, make sure that you're able to hunker down."

Here are some maps from the National Hurricane Center:
National Hurricane Center
National Hurricane Center

According to The Weather Channel, "Life-threatening storm surge is forecast near and east of where Ida makes landfall. Follow all evacuation orders from local officials if you are in an area vulnerable to storm surge. Storm surge inundations are possible if the peak surge happens at high tide, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). High tide is generally in the early morning hours of Sunday and Monday for many locations along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi."

At the time of writing, Hurricane Ida has a category four rating, compared to Katrina's category three rating when it devastated the gulf coast back in 2005. According to the wind scale used by local governments to predict potential damage, "Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months." So if you're living anywhere along the gulf coast, be prepared to move elsewhere if necessary.

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