Hurricane Ida is already causing catastrophic damage and it hasn’t reached it’s peak.
The Weather Channel’s meteorologist Tevin Wooten tweeted a video to just show how bad the storms are.
“HWY 90 in Gulfport, MS already taking on water with surge as with #Ida pushes in. Storm about 40 miles offshore Grand Isle, LA,” he tweeted. Watch the stormy video, below.
According to The Weather Channel, Hurricane Ida will reach landfall in southeast Louisiana at a Category 4. Category 4 means a hurricane reaches 150 mph. If it does reach the expected 155 mph milestone, then it would tie as the strongest hurricane landfall in Louisiana with 1856 Last Island and 2020 Laura.
Additionally, Hurricane Ida intensified on Sunday from a Category 2, clocking in at 105 mph, to increase to almost a Category 5. Currently, water levels at Shell Beach, Louisiana are 5 feet above typical level and 3 feet higher in Grand Isle.
In addition, a tornado watch is in effect until this night for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama. The remaining force of the storm is expected to hit New Jersey on Tuesday night and bring between 4 and 6 inches of rain. Furthermore, the National Weather Service is expecting flash floods to hit the area.
Hurricane Ida Details
Hurricane Ida is taking place on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
“August 29 is an important date in history here,” Collin Arnold, director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, told CNN. “A lot of people remember what happened 16 years ago. It’s time to hunker down tonight and be where you need to be.”
Firstly, people can tell how severe a weather event is based on Waffle House. Locations have been closing, an unusual occurrence, due to the impending hurricane. That isn’t the only thing that will be shutting down.
Secondly, the New Orleans Saints canceled their third preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals this week. In an official statement from the team, they revealed that Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards asked for the cancellation of the event due to Hurricane Ida.
“Due to the intensification of the hurricane throughout the day and after the most recent tropical update, the team’s leadership has made the decision in the best interests of all personnel that may have been directly and indirectly affected by the storm. The team encourages all residents of the region to take precautionary measures to remain safe throughout the impending hurricane.”
Thirdly, Jason Aldean also had to postpone his concert in Alabama in Orange Beach on Saturday. The show is being rescheduled to October 31 and tickets will be honored at the new date. Fans can request refunds at the point of purchase.
Furthermore, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 27 counties.