Hurricane Ida: Thousands fleeing 150mph winds

Hurricane Ida batters Louisiana as it makes landfall across US

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Tens of thousands of residents had already fled from the US state before Hurricane Ida moved in. Authorities warned that the massive weather system could be the strongest in 170 years. They fear it will be more deadly than Hurricane Katrina – which left 1,800 dead in 2005. Ida hit Port Fourchon late last night, leaving 400,000 people without power.

As it began moving inland there were fears the hurricane was intensifying.

Ida was already a Category Four hurricane – one below the highest level – with up to 130mph sustained winds.

These began to strengthen to 150mph ahead of it arriving in Louisiana.

As anxious residents fled, traffic jams clogged roads across the state. Governor John Bel Edwards warned: “Your window of time is closing. By the time you go to bed tonight you need to be where you intend to ride the storm out.

“Weather will start to deteriorate very quickly.”

The governor of neighbouring Mississippi declared a state of emergency.

President Joe Biden said Ida was “turning into a very, very dangerous storm” and that the federal government was ready to provide help.

The storm had earlier battered Cuba and Jamaica. No one was reported killed.

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