Hurricane Ida Winds Hit 150 mph Ahead Of Louisiana Strike

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows a view of Hurricane Ida, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Forecasters warned residents along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast to rush preparations Saturday ahead of an intensifying Hurricane Ida, which is expected to bring winds as high as 130 mph (209 kph), life-threatening storm surge and flooding rain when it slams ashore in Louisiana on Sunday. (NOAA via AP)

(AP) — Hurricane Ida is rapidly intensifying just hours from landfall in Louisiana. As of early Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the system has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, which makes it a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane. Ida is arriving on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s ruinous strike on the Gulf Coast. Ida’s threat has forced emergency officials to prepare shelters for evacuees forced from their homes amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state is working to shelter many people in hotels to reduce risks of spreading the virus.


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