Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall in Louisiana as Category 4 Storm

Hurricane Ida has made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Sunday as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.

The National Hurricane Center warned about catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds, and flashing flooding in southeastern Louisiana throughout the day.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Hurricane Ida is one of the strongest storms to make landfall in Louisiana in modern times.

President Biden in a visit to FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C. said his administration has prepared resources, including equipment and response teams, that will be needed once the storm passes. said that Hurricane Ida had left more than 500,000 customers without power in Louisiana by Sunday afternoon.

Hurricane Ida has weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm sustaining a maximum wind of 125 mph by Sunday evening.

The center of the storm is now located 30 miles southwest of New Orleans.

Collin Arnold, director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, warned residents that emergency services wouldn’t be able to reach them until Monday.

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