Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday afternoon. The storm hit near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, and brought 150 mph winds. The winds have since decreased to 130 mph, but Ida is still a Cat 4 storm. Storm Chasers star Reed Timmer is currently in Houma, Louisiana capturing videos of the damage, and he’s keeping people updated through his Twitter page.
At 1:55 pm, Timmer updated his followers on the situation. Wearing a red helmet, he said the inner core was about to hit Houma. And the wind gusts could get up to 150 mph. It is visible in the recording that the Storm Chasers‘ star is having a hard time holding his camera, even though the worst is on the way.
Live update as inner core is about to hit Houma, LA with gusts up to 125 mph, in an hour or so, the extreme inner eye wall will arrive with winds over 150 mph and deadly projectiles, large debris. Hunker down Check out the live cameras on @RadarOmega ap pic.twitter.com/aftZ2bMC4E— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) August 29, 2021
Hurricane Ida tied with two other storms as the strongest hurricane to ever hit Louisiana’s coast. Ida shares the record with Hurricane Laura and an unnamed storm that hit in 1856. However, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Ida could eventually become more powerful than her predecessors.
By 6 pm CT New Orleans was under a flash flood warning and over 400,000 Louisiana residents were without power.
Reed updated his fans at 3:08 pm, and he was experiencing weather that seemed dangerous, even compared to storms and tornadoes he’s documented on Storm Chasers.
“Winds gusting over 100 mph in Houma, LA. This is nothing compared to eyewall,” he wrote. “Hunker down. This is going to be really bad @RadarOmega”
Like the ‘Storm Chasers,’ Many are Documenting Hurricane Ida’s Destruction
Residents who remained in Lousiana and Missippi have been documenting Ida’s force as the Hurricane makes its way through the Gulf Coast.
This evening, NBC News shared a shocking clip of winds ripping the roof off the Sea Hospital in Galliano, Louisiana. In what appears to be a quick gust, materials flew off the building in pieces.
And in a sobering video, a man played the trumpet on an empty street in the French Quarter. His music echoed as the storm built momentum.
“Sometimes you have to sing through the storm,” read the Tweet. The music is particularly powerful as today is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, the Category 3 storm hit New Orleans and left nearly 2,000 people dead.