– – “Be careful and be prepared”: this is the appeal launched by the US president, Joe Biden, in view of the arrival on the American shores of Hurricane Ida. After leaving Cuba, he is now on his way to Louisiana and Mississippi: according to forecasters, he is expected to touch the ground tomorrow.
The first citizen of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell said, “If you want to leave the city, the time is now.” “There are no signs that this storm will weaken,” he added.
Hurricane Ida, after leaving the Cuban coasts, is now frightening the United States and, in particular, Louisiana and Mississippi. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts that it will hit the ground on Sunday as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane, but heavy rains are expected in the next few hours.
“The citizens of Louisiana have little time to prepare for Ida’s arrival,” said the governor, John Bel Edwards, warning of the possible “serious consequences across the state.” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has asked residents, especially those living within the city’s protective levee system, to stay in their homes.
Hurricane Ida has moved into category two and continues to strengthen, with winds of 160 km / h. Meteorologists believe it will hit category 4 before it hits land in Louisiana.
Winds are expected starting this evening with considerable showers that “could lead to potentially lethal floods and catastrophic damage”. Fear, in short, returns to be felt after the devastation brought about 16 years ago by Hurricane Katrina.
President Biden has signed a state of emergency for Louisiana so that he can provide “additional federal funds” in the hands of local authorities to immediately deal with the inconvenience Ida could create in a new weekend of fear.