The American state of Louisiana is preparing for the strike of Hurricane Ida, and hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated. About it informs CNN citing data from the National Hurricane Observatory.
According to weather forecasters, the hurricane has reached the fourth category and is heading north towards the Gulf Coast.
Wind gusts already exceed 200 km / h. The hurricane is expected to continue to gain strength as it approaches the coast. It is predicted to reach the southern coast of the United States by the evening of August 29.
Two days earlier, the Ida Tropical Depression had intensified so rapidly that authorities in the most populous city in New Orleans said that there was no time to organize the mandatory evacuation of nearly 400,000 city residents. They were asked to evacuate on their own.
Louisiana has yet to fully recover from two powerful hurricanes that hit the state in 2020.
Hurricane Ida, forecasters predict, may be stronger than Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts in 2005. Katrina was assigned category 3, the most destructive hurricane in the history of the United States. As a result of the rampant elements, 1,800 people died, and it took several years to rebuild New Orleans from the floods.
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