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Ida targets to hit Louisiana on Storm Katrina anniversary


A resident takes home sandbags from a city run sandbag distribution location at the Dryades YMCA along Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in New Orleans, as residents prepare for Hurricane Ida. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
1of21A resident takes dwelling sandbags from a metropolis dawdle sandbag distribution area at the Dryades YMCA alongside Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Contemporary Orleans, as residents prepare for Storm Ida. (Max Becherer/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)Max Becherer/AP
Long lines are seen at a gas station in Jefferson, La., as people prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Forecasters now say Ida could be a major Category 3 hurricane with top winds of 115 mph when it nears the U.S. coast. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
2of21Prolonged lines are seen at a gasoline area in Jefferson, La., as of us prepare for the arrival of Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Forecasters now stammer Ida will be a essential Category 3 hurricane with high winds of 115 mph when it nears the U.S. waft. (Chris Granger/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)CHRIS GRANGER/AP
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Ray Guenther, 55, center, helps his brother, John, 56, unload about 400 crab traps that he had to pull out of the water and move to dry land near his home in eastern St. Bernard Parish as the Louisiana coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in New Orleans. Hurricane Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with devastating force over the weekend, prompting New Orleans' mayor to order everyone outside the protection of the city's levees to evacuate.(Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
4of21Ray Guenther, 55, center, helps his brother, John, 56, promote off about 400 crab traps that he needed to drag out of the water and pass to dry land near his dwelling in jap St. Bernard Parish because the Louisiana waft prepares for the arrival of Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Contemporary Orleans. Storm Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with devastating force over the weekend, prompting Contemporary Orleans’ mayor to expose all people out of doors the protection of the metropolis’s levees to evacuate.(Chris Granger/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)Chris Granger/AP
This GOES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at 4:40 p.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Ida crossing western Cuba. Hurricane Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with far greater force over the weekend, prompting New Orleans' mayor to order everyone outside the protection of the city's levees to evacuate. (NOAA via AP)
5of21This GOES-16 East GeoColor satellite tv for computer notify taken Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at 4: 40 p.m. EDT, and equipped by NOAA, reveals Storm Ida crossing western Cuba. Storm Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with far bigger force over the weekend, prompting Contemporary Orleans’ mayor to expose all people out of doors the protection of the metropolis’s levees to evacuate. (NOAA by AP)AP
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Storm clouds pass overhead as St. Bernard Parish road crews shore up levees and vulnerable roadways with gravel as the Louisiana coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in New Orleans. Hurricane Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with devastating force over the weekend, prompting New Orleans' mayor to order everyone outside the protection of the city's levees to evacuate.(Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
7of21Storm clouds circulation overhead as St. Bernard Parish boulevard crews shore up levees and weak roadways with gravel because the Louisiana waft prepares for the arrival of Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Contemporary Orleans. Storm Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with devastating force over the weekend, prompting Contemporary Orleans’ mayor to expose all people out of doors the protection of the metropolis’s levees to evacuate.(Chris Granger/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)Chris Granger/AP
This map highlights the system of levees and flood walls that protect the New Orleans area.
8of21This blueprint highlights the system of levees and flood partitions that offer protection to the Contemporary Orleans dwelling.Connected Press team/AP
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Storm shutters are hammered closed on a 100-year-old house, Friday, August 27, 2021, in New Orleans, as residents prepare for Hurricane Ida. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
10of21Storm shutters are hammered closed on a 100-year-extinct dwelling, Friday, August 27, 2021, in Contemporary Orleans, as residents prepare for Storm Ida. (Chris Granger/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)CHRIS GRANGER/AP
St. Bernard Parish residents fill up their cars and gas cans as the Louisiana coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in New Orleans. Hurricane Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with devastating force over the weekend, prompting New Orleans' mayor to order everyone outside the protection of the city's levees to evacuate.(Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
11of21St. Bernard Parish residents absorb up their autos and gasoline cans because the Louisiana waft prepares for the arrival of Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Contemporary Orleans. Storm Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with devastating force over the weekend, prompting Contemporary Orleans’ mayor to expose all people out of doors the protection of the metropolis’s levees to evacuate.(Chris Granger/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)Chris Granger/AP
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John Smith of Pelican Ice tosses bags of ice to the end of a truck as he helps stock a gas station in Jefferson, La., as residents prepare for Tropical Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Forecasters now say Ida could be a major Category 3 hurricane with top winds of 115 mph when it nears the U.S. coast. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
13of21John Smith of Pelican Ice tosses baggage of ice to the quit of a truck as he helps stock a gasoline area in Jefferson, La., as residents prepare for Tropical Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Forecasters now stammer Ida will be a essential Category 3 hurricane with high winds of 115 mph when it nears the U.S. waft. (Chris Granger/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)CHRIS GRANGER/AP
A crew with the Flood Protection Authority East remove wall barriers Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in New Orleans, that will allow the flood gates at Downman Road to be closed in coming days in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ida. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
14of21A crew with the Flood Safety Authority East resolve wall boundaries Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Contemporary Orleans, that will enable the flood gates at Downman Street to be closed in coming days in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ida. (Max Becherer/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)MAX BECHERER/AP
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Corey Williams of Pelican Ice stacks bags of ice onto a cart at a gas station in preparation for Tropical Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Jefferson, La. Forecasters now say Ida could be a major Category 3 hurricane with top winds of 115 mph when it nears the U.S. coast. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
16of21Corey Williams of Pelican Ice stacks baggage of ice onto a cart at a gasoline area in preparation for Tropical Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Jefferson, La. Forecasters now stammer Ida will be a essential Category 3 hurricane with high winds of 115 mph when it nears the U.S. waft. (Chris Granger/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)CHRIS GRANGER/AP
Corey Williams, right, and John Smith, both of Pelican Ice, hurriedly stack bags of ice into a gas station freezer in preparation for Tropical Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Jefferson, La. Forecasters now say Ida could be a major Category 3 hurricane with top winds of 115 mph when it nears the U.S. coast. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
17of21Corey Williams, correct, and John Smith, every of Pelican Ice, hurriedly stack baggage of ice into a gasoline area freezer in preparation for Tropical Storm Ida on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Jefferson, La. Forecasters now stammer Ida will be a essential Category 3 hurricane with high winds of 115 mph when it nears the U.S. waft. (Chris Granger/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)CHRIS GRANGER/AP
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A crew with the Flood Protection Authority East remove wall barriers Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in New Orleans, that will allow the flood gates at Downman Road to be closed in coming days in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ida. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
19of21A crew with the Flood Safety Authority East resolve wall boundaries Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Contemporary Orleans, that will enable the flood gates at Downman Street to be closed in coming days in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ida. (Max Becherer/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)MAX BECHERER/AP
A crew with the Flood Protection Authority East remove wall barriers Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in New Orleans, that will allow the flood gates at Downman Road to be closed in coming days in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ida. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)
20of21A crew with the Flood Safety Authority East resolve wall boundaries Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Contemporary Orleans, that will enable the flood gates at Downman Street to be closed in coming days in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ida. (Max Becherer/The Cases-Picayune/The Contemporary Orleans Advocate by AP)MAX BECHERER/AP
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Storm Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with devastating force over the weekend, prompting evacuations in Contemporary Orleans and across the coastal area.

Ida intensified fleet Friday from a tropical storm to a hurricane with high winds of 80 mph (128 kph) as it crossed western Cuba and entered the Gulf of Mexico. The Nationwide Storm Heart predicted Ida would beef up into an especially awful Category 4 hurricane, with high winds of 140 mph (225 kph) sooner than making landfall alongside the U.S. Gulf Flee lifeless Sunday.

“This would also be a lifestyles-altering storm for these that aren’t prepared,” Nationwide Climate Carrier meteorologist Benjamin Schott mentioned for the duration of a Friday files convention with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The governor urged residents to fleet prepare, announcing: “By nightfall the next day night, you might perchance per chance be where you intend to be to scramble out the storm.”

Contemporary Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell ordered a compulsory evacuation for a little dwelling of the metropolis out of doors the levee system. But with the storm intensifying so mighty over a transient time, she mentioned it wasn’t that you simply’d teach to total so for the full metropolis. That most ceaselessly calls for the usage of all lanes of some highways to accelerate away the metropolis.

“The metropolis can now not expose a compulsory evacuation because we don’t non-public the time,” Cantrell mentioned.

City officials mentioned residents have to be prepared for prolonged energy outages, and asked aged residents to keep in mind evacuating. Collin Arnold, the metropolis’s emergency management director, mentioned the metropolis will be beneath high winds for roughly ten hours.

Diversified areas across the coastal area had been beneath a mix of voluntary and mandatory evacuations. The storm is expected to provide landfall on the actual date Storm Katrina devastated a natty swath of the Gulf Flee precisely 16 years earlier. Capt. Ross Eichorn, a fishing book on the waft about 70 miles (112 kilometers) southwest of Contemporary Orleans, mentioned he fears heat Gulf waters will “produce a monster” out of Ida.

“With a straight hit, ain’t no telling what’s going to be left — if something else,” Eichorn mentioned. He added: “Any one that isn’t interesting has got something irascible with them.”

A hurricane warning was once issued for loads of the Louisiana waft from Intracoastal City to the mouth of the Pearl River. A tropical storm warning was once extended to the Mississippi-Alabama line.

Officers made up our minds against evacuating Contemporary Orleans hospitals. There’s little room for their patients in loads of locations, with hospitals from Texas to Florida already reeling from a spike in coronavirus patients, mentioned Dr. Jennifer Avengo, the metropolis’s health director.

At the notify’s greatest clinic system, Ochsner Health Intention, officials ordered 10 days rate of gasoline, meals, medication and other affords and non-public backup gasoline contracts for its turbines. One definite was once that the different of COVID-19 patients had dropped from 988 to 836 over the previous week — a 15% decline.

President Joe Biden accepted a federal emergency declaration for Louisiana ahead of the storm. White Condo press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned FEMA plans to ship practically 150 clinical personnel and nearly 50 ambulances to the Gulf Flee to support strained hospitals.

Ida made its first landfall Friday afternoon on Cuba’s southern Isle of Formative years. The Cuban executive issued a hurricane warning for its westernmost provinces, where forecasters mentioned as mighty as 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain also can tumble in locations, per chance unleashing deadly flash floods and mudslides.

Ivonne Deulofeu, who lives in the western metropolis of Vinales, mentioned stable winds endured for hours on Friday.

“It shook us up inviting. It was once no doubt horrifying,” Deulofeu mentioned. “We needed to nail the doorways of the rooms… The vegetation, they’re all long previous.”

Col. Noel Lozano of Cuban Civil Protection mentioned over 10,000 of us had been evacuated in Pinar del Rio province, most to stay with family. There had been no on the spot experiences of deaths.

Slack Friday night, the storm was once 105 miles (165 kilometers) west of Havana and traveling northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).

An even bigger misfortune will then originate over the Gulf, where forecasts had been aligned in predicting Ida will beef up in a transient time into a essential hurricane sooner than landfall in the Mississippi River delta lifeless Sunday, the hurricane center mentioned.

If that forecast holds correct, Ida would hit 16 years to the day that Storm Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph (201 kph) winds near the riverside neighborhood of Buras, good down the Mississippi River from Contemporary Orleans.

Katrina is blamed for an estimated 1,800 deaths from the central Louisiana waft to across the Mississippi-Alabama notify line. A huge storm surge scoured the shores and wiped properties off the blueprint. In Contemporary Orleans, failures of federal levees ended in catastrophic flooding. Water coated 80% of the metropolis and many homes had been swamped to the rooftops. Some victims drowned in their attics. The Superdome and Contemporary Orleans Conference Heart became scenes of sweltering misfortune as tens of thousands had been stranded with out energy or running water.

Reminiscences of Katrina restful haunt many who scrambled to notify up for Ida on Friday, lining up for groceries, gasoline and ice, as well to sandbags that the metropolis was once offering.

Traffic tousled at entrances to a Contemporary Orleans Costco, where dozens of autos had been backed up at the gasoline pumps and purchasers wheeled out carts stacked with conditions of bottled water and other essentials.

Retired police officer Wondell Smith, who worked on the police force when Katrina hit, mentioned he and his family had been planning to stay, however had been additionally making ready to pass farther inland if the forecasts worsened. He loaded water, bread and sandwich meat into his SUV.

“I do know what that looks to be like admire,” Smith mentioned, referring to the doable devastation. “Here is my first time being dwelling in 34 years of provider,” he added. “And I must be prepared.”

Saturday’s preseason NFL sport between the Arizona Cardinals and the Saints at the Superdome was once first moved up seven hours to keep faraway from the climate, after which canceled altogether.

The hurricane center predicted the pinnacle storm surge also can reach 10 toes to 15 toes (3 to 4.5 meters) alongside the Louisiana waft, with a that you simply’d teach surge of seven to 11 toes (2.1 to a pair.4 meters) in the Contemporary Orleans dwelling. The storm’s note set Contemporary Orleans on the jap facet — most ceaselessly known as the soiled facet — which most ceaselessly sees mighty more significant effects than the western facet.

“Being east of this storm’s note is now not ideal,” mentioned Arnold.

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This epic has been updated to upright the name of the Louisiana governor. It’s miles John Bel Edwards, now not John Bell Edwards.

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Connected Press contributors embody Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jeff Martin in Marietta, Georgia; Darlene Superville in Washington; Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland and Andrea Rodriguez in Havana, Cuba.

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