September 29, 2021

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Tropical storm “Ida”: hurricane hits US coast at 150 mph

As of: 08/29/2021 9:05 p.m.

Exactly 16 years after the devastating hurricane “Katrina”, the area around New Orleans is facing another catastrophe: Hurricane Ida hit the land with catastrophic force. Electricity was cut off in tens of thousands of homes.

Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast with great force. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. Meteorologists had previously classified the hurricane as “very dangerous” – it was estimated at four out of five. “Ida” gained tremendous strength in the Gulf of Mexico. The terrain, however, will slowly weaken with the storm.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says the state and its largest city, New Orleans, need to calculate heavy rainfall, “life-threatening hurricanes”, catastrophic winds and prolonged power outages. Meteorologists have warned that the area threatened by “Ida” is particularly vulnerable. Because it is the hub of the petrochemical industry, it can lead to environmental damage in the aftermath of a hurricane.

An hour after the hurricane hit the ground, the New Orleans City Operations Center announced a “widespread power outage.” An interactive map of local energy supplier Energy showed that about 170,000 homes were without electricity. According to the Poweroutage.us website, about 233,000 customers across the state were without electricity. In New Orleans, emergency services have temporarily suspended work due to dangerous winds.

National Security Action

Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards had asked everyone to go to safety before “Ida” arrived. He mobilized national security and declared a state of emergency to withdraw additional aid.

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There was a long traffic jam on the highways, and residents and vacationers could no longer refuel at some gas stations. Oil company Exxon Mobil has slashed production at its Baton Rouge refinery to 520,000 barrels a day, according to sources close to the facility. Similar measures were taken by energy companies Philips 66 and PPF Energy Inc.

Throughout the region, many filled bundles of supplies and drinking water or sand. Hospitals already busy with the fourth corona wave are also getting ready.

Memories of Hurricane “Katrina”

Exactly 16 years ago to this day, Hurricane Katrina hit the ground in the region. It is estimated that about 1800 people were killed then.

“Ida” hit western Cuba on Friday with one of five hurricanes. According to state media, the hurricane caused a power outage and fell trees. Thousands of people were brought to safety and public transport was halted in the capital, Havana. “Ida” is the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the season.