The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Hurricane Ida, which is approaching the coast of Louisiana, is still getting stronger and escalated to a very dangerous Category 4, approaching the 5th category.
USA- The center confirmed that the very dangerous hurricane, with winds of up to 145 miles (233 km) per hour, is expected to sweep the coast of Louisiana later on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Louisiana authorities are racing against time as a state of emergency has been declared to provide shelter to crowds of evacuees, against the backdrop of the complex epidemiological situation as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards stressed yesterday that the people of his state will overcome the hurricane, stressing that officials are working to find options for housing the displaced, including renting hotel rooms to avoid overcrowding in shelters.
Ida is also expected to hit the neighboring state of Mississippi and may bring torrential rains and floods, exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina caused massive damage to the two states.
Hurricane Katrina 2005 was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States of America.
Hurricane Katrina was a large Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that caused over 1,800 deaths and $125 billion in damage in late August 2005, particularly in the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. It was at the time the costliest tropical cyclone on record and is now tied with 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.