NEW ORLEANS — Residents across called for cities and communities across the region, including New Orleans. The mayor ordered a mandatory evacuation for areas outside the inside the levee system. But since the storm quickly escalated in intensity, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said it wasn’t possible to for the entire city, which would require using all lanes of some highways to leave the city.Saturday took one last day to prepare for what is described as a “life-altering” Hurricane Ida, which is expected to bring winds as high as 140 mph (225 kph) when it slams ashore. A combination of voluntary and mandatory evacuations has been
The storm was expected to land whendevastated a large swath of the Gulf Coast 16 years earlier. But whereas Katrina was a Category 3 when it made landfall southwest of New Orleans, Ida is expected to reach an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane, with top winds of 140 mph (225 kph) before making likely landfall west of New Orleans late Sunday. “This will be a life-altering meteorologist Benjamin Schott said during a Friday news conference with Louisiana Gov. . Ida intensified Friday rapidly from a to a hurricane with top winds of 80 mph (128 kph) as it crossed western Cuba. It’s expected to pick up steam when it goes over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
In New Orleans, cityresidents must be prepared for prolonged power outages and asked elderly residents to consider evacuating. Collin Arnold, the city’s emergency management director, said the for about ten hours. Earlier Friday, Cantrell outside the city’s levee protections — a relatively tiny sliver of the city’s population. With the storm’s forward speed slowing down and the intensity picking up, the storm surge may overtop some levees that protect parts of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River, said Heath Jones, emergency manager of the Army Corps Engineers’ New Orleans District. He said there does not appear to be any danger of storm surge coming over the levees that protect the city’s east bank, which makes up most of the town. However, he said they’re designed to be overtopped and have protections to prevent more damage.
Across the region, residents were filling sandbags, getting gas for cars and generators, and stocking up on food. Capt. Ross Eichorn, a fishing guide on the coast about 70 miles (112 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans, said he fears warm Gulf waters will “make a monster” out of Ida. “With a direct hit, ain’t no telling what’s going to be left — if anything,” Eichorn said. He added: “Anybody that isn’t concerned has something wrong with them.” Acoast from Intracoastal City to the mouth of the Pearl River. A warning was extended to the Mississippi-Alabama line.
At the same time, hospitals are preparing for the storm; they are still dealing with a fourth health director. At the state’s most extensive hospital system, Ochsner Health System, officials worth of fuel, food, drugs, and other supplies and have backup fuel contracts for its generators. One positive was that had dropped from 988 to 836 over the past week — a 15% decline.. Officials decided against evacuating New Orleans hospitals. There’s little room for their patients elsewhere, with , said Dr. Jennifer Avengo, the city’s
Presidentapproved a federal emergency declaration for Louisiana before the storm. White House said FEMA plans to send nearly 150 medical personnel and almost 50 ambulances to the Gulf Coast to assist strained hospitals. Ida made its first landfall Friday afternoon on Cuba’s southern Isle of Youth. The Cuban government issued a hurricane warning for its westernmost provinces, where forecasters said as much as 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain could fall in places, possibly unleashing deadly and mudslides. Landfall in the U.S. is expected late Sunday in the Mississippi River delta region.
If that forecast holds, Ida will hit 16landfall with 125 mph (201 kph) winds near the riverside community of Buras. Katrina is blamed for 1,800 deaths from the central Louisiana coast to around the Mississippi-Alabama state line. A massive storm surge scoured the shores and wiped houses off the map. In New Orleans, failures of federal levees led to catastrophic flooding. Water covered 80% of the city, and many were swamped to the rooftops. Some victims drowned in their attics. The Superdome and New Orleans Convention Center became sweltering as tens of thousands were stranded without power or running water.