Ida threatens New Orleans
Islam News – Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 storm. Here are live updates and a map tracking the storm’s path.
The storm is expected to hit New Orleans exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Ida is one of the most powerful systems to assault the region since 2005.
The impacts of Ida’s storm surge are expected to be less severe than Katrina’s, but Ida’s winds and rain are predicted to be stronger. The storm will be a test to improvements to the levee system following Katrina.
In some places the surge from Ida could be as high as 16 feet. Officials said it was now too late to evacuate and urged residents to hunker down.
During Katrina, the city’s hospitals were overwhelmed by water and patients. Now, they are already strained by the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic.
The storm intensified quickly, in part because of unusually warm surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic hurricane season of 2020 was the busiest on record, and Louisiana is still struggling to claw its way back from the hard blows it was dealt by two hurricanes then that followed a nearly identical path.
Source: The New York Times