Hurricane Ida puts the southern United States in check.
The phenomenon made landfall in the North American country on the afternoon of August 29 with an intensity of category 4, with maximum sustained winds of 240 km / h.
That is why it is considered one of the biggest storms to hit the south of the nation.
In fact, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the “extremely dangerous” phenomenon made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
Ida’s strength should not be minimized. By reaching category 4 out of 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, it had enough power to cause severe damage to buildings, trees, and power lines.
Wind speed declined as the hurricane moved inland on August 30. In this way it made a change to category 1, with winds reaching 153 km / h.
Thus, after making landfall, the storm slowed down, moving northwest at 10 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Specialists warned of the threat of urban flooding and storm surges off the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, as the phenomenon progresses to the northern United States.
What is worrisome is the fact that it has slowed down when reaching the coast, for which it has been analyzed in recent years.
When this happens, the storm generates much greater devastation, because winds and rains hit a particular region for a long time.
So far, one person has lost his life after a tree fell on his home in Ascension Parish, in the Baton Rouge area.
In addition, an estimated one million people were without power in Louisiana, including New Orleans, the largest city in the state.
Authorities expect it to take weeks to restore service to 100 percent.
In fact, President Joe Biden declared the largest disaster in Louisiana, to free up additional resources for rescue and recovery efforts in the state.
“This will be a devastating, devastating hurricane,” stressed the president.
And it is that the winds of Ida when touching the earth were more intense than those of the Category 3 Hurricane Katrina, which devastated part of New Orleans 16 years ago.