Hurricane Ida Roars Ashore as Monster Category 4 Storm

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana just before noon on Sunday—the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,800 people in 2005. The eye of the “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm was over Port Fourchon with sustained wins of 150 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.Earlier in the day, the National Weather Service of…

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Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana just before noon on Sunday—the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,800 people in 2005.

The eye of the “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm was over Port Fourchon with sustained wins of 150 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Earlier in the day, the National Weather Service of New Orleans issued a series of warnings, including an ominous warning that they “can’t bear to see” the storm on satellite imagery.

“We have hard times ahead, but we will all persevere,” the service tweeted. “Take all messages we, public officials and broadcast media are saying SERIOUSLY. Stay tuned for more frequent updates.”

Warnings about Ida came as Hurricane Nora skimmed Mexico’s Pacific Coast towards the Gulf of California. Ida is expected to cause “catastrophic” damage, leaving the area where it makes landfall “uninhabitable for months.”

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warned late Saturday, “This will be one of the strongest storms to hit Louisiana since at least the 1850s. Preparations need to be complete and you need to be where you intend to ride out the storm by tonight.”

Parishes along the Mississippi River were urged to evacuate. Not everyone heeded the call.

Channing Redd’s wife and infant son decamped to Alabama while he tried to fortify their River Forest home.

“I’ve been sandbagging for two days,” Redd, 35, told NOLA.com. “Hopefully, everyone makes it out alright.”

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