Friday, August 27, 2021

New Orleans mayor urges people to EVACUATE as Hurricane Ida strengthens, likely to hit city on anniversary of Katrina disaster — RT

Hurricane Ida

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has ordered the evacuation of all residents living outside the city’s levee system, and advised those inside to consider leaving too, as the city braces for Hurricane Ida’s landfall.

“Now is the time to start,” Cantrell said at a press conference on Friday as she urged New Orleans residents to pack up supplies and leave before the storm hits. She particularly ordered everyone living outside the levee system that protects the area from flooding to evacuate to safer places.

Those inside the levee could also leave of their own volition, the mayor added.

The US National Weather Service said on Friday that the tropical storm, which was about to reach Cuba, was now classified as a Category 1 hurricane, with its winds reaching a speed of 120 kilometers an hour. The Cuban government already issued a hurricane warning for the nation’s western provinces...




  1. 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

  2. El huracán Ida, que se está aproximando a las costas de Misisipi y Luisiana sobre el golfo de México, ha alcanzado la categoría 3, informa AFP.

    Según datos del Centro Nacional de Huracanes de EE.UU. (NHC, por sus siglas en inglés), genera vientos máximos sostenidos de 185 kilómetros por hora, moviéndose hacia el noroeste a una velocidad de 24 kilómetros por hora.

    Se pronostica que el ciclón se intensificará aún más antes de llegar a las costas de Luisiana y Misisipi este domingo. Según previsiones, al tocar tierra alcanzará ya la categoría 4, con vientos de hasta 225 kilómetros.

    1. Ante la llegada del huracán, la orden de evacuación obligatoria fue emitida en varias regiones de Luisiana y Misisipi.

      En un aviso, el NHC indica que al llegar a las costas de Luisiana y Misisipi el Ida podría provocar una "inundación extremadamente peligrosa para las vidas", que en algunos lugares puede alcanzar 2,7 metros o más sobre el nivel del suelo.


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