Friday, August 27, 2021

Hurricane Ida: New Orleans braces for possible direct hit - BBC News

Hurricane Ida

The mayor of New Orleans has called for residents to evacuate unprotected city neighbourhoods as Hurricane Ida bears down on the Louisiana coastline.

"Now is the time," said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell in a Friday news conference, calling for those living outside the city levee system to flee.

Forecasters say that the hurricane will reach category 3 strength by the time it reaches the US on Sunday.

It is expected to bring heavy rain and winds to parts of Cuba as well.

The impact of climate change on the frequency of storms is still unclear, but we know that increased sea surface temperatures warm the air above and make more energy available to drive hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons. As a result, they are likely to be more intense with more extreme rainfall.

In its latest bulletin, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami declared Ida to be a hurricane with current wind speeds of 75mph (125km/h).

Ida is due to pass over western Cuba on Friday, and could make landfall in the US on Sunday. Cuban weather officials have issued warnings in the Isle of Youth and other western provinces.

Coincidentally, Sunday marks the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a category 3 hurricane which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Katrina flooded 80% of the city and killed more than 1,800 people....BBC 



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