At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Swedish time, Hurricane Ida made landfall on the southern coast of the United States at Port Fortune, Louisiana, according to the NHC. Then it was a Category 4 hurricane on a five-point scale. The rating has now been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane
At least one person has died and the NWS is now warning of flooding after heavy rain and is urging residents of the Louisiana cities of Hammond, Tickfaw and Ponchatula to do so.access to higher areas.
About 400 millimeters of rain fell in the past 24 hours in Louisiana, according to an SVT meteorologist.
Southeast Louisiana is hardest hit.
– Strong winds pushed the water towards the coast of Louisiana, the so-called storm surge. It is exacerbated by hurricane pressure and rising water levels.
All of New Orleans is without power and over a million Louisiana homes and businesses are without power, Reuters reports. The authorities are warning of a “life-threatening situation”. Residents in particularly vulnerable areas have already been called for several days to evacuate.
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President Joe Biden has sent 500 federal rescue workers to Texas and Louisiana.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Sunday that Ida will “really put our platform to the test” — the vast network of pumps, gates and sand and concrete banks built after Hurricane Katrina.
The devastating Hurricane Katrina that hit the same area 16 years ago was a Category 3 hurricane when it made landfall in Louisiana. In that time, more than 1,800 people were killed and 80 percent of New Orleans was under water. Trenches and dikes have proven wholly inadequate, as the required expanses of land have been built and exploited for decades to be able to nurture sudden bodies of water.
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