Hurricane Ida Hits The Gulf Coast

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Jenna Williams , Staff Writer

Hurricane Ida is one of the largest hurricanes to hit the US and happened exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina.  It was a category 4 hurricane that touched down on August 29th 2021 in Louisiana and traveled over 6 states: Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. They predicted the hurricane on August 27th and that it was headed straight for New Orleans. When it touched down it started with winds of 50mph and increased to 150mph. Luckily, Louisiana residents had already been evacuated, but the damage was intense. 

The Washington Post stated “The powerhouse storm will push ashore an “extremely life-threatening” ocean surge of up to 12 to 16 feet above normally dry land at the coast in southeast Louisiana, warned the Hurricane Center. They anticipate, “Potentially catastrophic wind damage” close to where the storm comes ashore while “life-threatening” inland flooding from up to two feet of rain is also predicted.” This hurricane has caused major flooding and power outages in Louisiana. It is said that no one may be able to live in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and surrounding areas for quite some time.

  The Washington Post goes on to talk about the storm and how a “Category 4 storm hit on the same date Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years earlier, coming ashore about 45 miles west of where Category 3 Katrina first struck land. Ida’s 150-mph winds tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland U.S. It dropped hours later to a Category 3 storm with maximum winds of 120 mph as it inched closer to New Orleans.” With it being the fifth worst hurricane to hit the United States we have seen lots of damage to Louisiana and minor damage to surrounding states. No buildings in the New Orleans area made it out intact and the city is going to need to be rebuilt. 

The hurricane also had, “240-kilometre-per-hour winds, Ida damaged or destroyed more than 30,000 power-line poles and nearly 6,000 transformers across the region — more than the major Louisiana hurricanes Katrina, Zeta, Ike and Delta combined, according to Entergy Corporation, the New Orleans-based company that provides most of Louisiana’s power. The firm is making progress in its repairs but says it might take until the end of the month to fully restore power to all Louisiana communities,” according to Michigan Live. 

Louisiana has seen some horrible hurricanes, but not one like this in a while. Due to this fact they have been struggling with getting power restored to New Orleans and the cities surrounding it. Hurricane Ida has hurt many homes and affected a lot of people’s lives.