Cole Swindell, like so many people across the country, is paying attention to the track of Hurricane Ida, which could decimate parts of Louisiana and Mississippi later Sunday and into Monday.
Swindell, the country singer/songwriter, tweeted: “Thinking about the state of Louisiana and everyone in Ida’s path.. scary stuff.”
Cole Swindell Is Right: Hurricane Ida Is Scary
Cole Swindell grew up in Georgia, so he has some idea of the damages any hurricane can cause. Plus, he’s given plenty of concerts in Louisiana to know how kind and generous people are there.
But Hurricane Ida could be devastating as she smashes into New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. When Cole Swindell tweeted his thoughts, Ida was about 60 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
By Sunday morning, Ida’s sustained winds reached 150 mph. She’s a strong category four hurricane and was within seven miles per hour of reaching cat 5, the highest rating for a hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Whether she stays at a cat four or blossoms into a five, Ida is capable of catastrophic damage.
Five cat five hurricanes have hit the United States. The first came in 1928, when Hurricane Felipe hit Puerto Rico. The last was Michael, which in 2018 slammed into the Florida Panhandle. Other notable cat 5’s were the Labor Day Hurricane, which hit the Florida Keys in 1935, Hurricane Camille in 1969 (Mississippi) and Hurricane Andrew (south Florida) in 1992.
Katrina walloped low-lying New Orleans and the Mississippi shore. And Katrina got as big as a cat 5 before losing a ton of its energy and passing through as a cat 3. Still, the storm killed more than 1,800 people.
See the Ida radar:
Swindell Is Currently Touring with Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell is having himself quite the summer. His record Single Saturday Night hit No. 1 on the country charts in late July. The song gave him his 10th career No. 1. To date, it has more than 122 million streams.
“Ashley Gorley and Hardy sent me the demo for ‘Single Saturday Night,’ and I knew it was something I wanted to record,” Cole Swindell said in a statement to the media. “I was missing the road and the live shows and wanted my fans to have new music from me.
“Once we put it out, their reaction was so big it pushed us to release it to country radio. I can’t thank Country Radio, the fans, and my team enough for making this my 10th No. 1 song. Still hard to believe! I can’t wait to see everyone out on the road.”
Cole Swindell now has joined Thomas Rhett on tour. The two are scheduled for a show Sunday night in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.