Hurricane Ida has made landfall in Louisiana, with major storm surges and power outages. In one devastating timelapse, you can see the wreckage the category 4 storm has left in its wake. Additionally, all of this is occurring on the 16 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Half a million people are without power, and the storm is far from over.
The clip below shows footage from different locations around Fire Station #12 in Delacroix. It cautions the speed of storm surges, as fields are turned unrecognizable and structures being almost completely covered in water. Each clip on one location is taken one hour apart from the other. It shows the devastating effects of a storm surge in the tiny time span and the strength of Hurricane Ida.
Hurricane Ida, Still Raging, Has Already Torn Apart Buildings
Hurricane Ida has taken the roof off of multiple structures in Louisiana, including homes and the roof of the Lady of the Sea Hospital in Galliano. The hurricane has sustained constant winds over 150 mph. The french quarter in New Orleans was badly battered by Hurricane Katrina, and it’s also taking a devastating hit with Hurricane Ida.
Due to Hurricane Ida, there are currently about 1,500 people in 23 separate shelters across Louisiana according to a statement made by Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards. He also talked about the challenge the monster storm will bring the state.
“This is a major, major storm that’s going to test us in ways that we’ve not been tested before, for a lot of reasons,” he said.
Hurricane Ida has also partially reversed the flow of the Mississippi River according to data from USGS. The storm is still a category 4 as it continues its track north through Louisiana.
To make matters worse, the hurricane is creating tornado conditions across multiple spots in the Southeastern United States. Tornados will likely follow the hurricane the more it heads inland according to CNN.
“Hurricanes and tropical storms that make landfall in the Gulf of Mexico are more likely to produce tornadoes compared to storms in the Atlantic,” CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller. Those tornados are incredibly important to watch.
Right now, Tornado watches are in effect in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The tornados don’t necessarily follow hurricanes immediately after landfall, either. Sometimes, the day after landfall is worse.
The Federal Government Will Send In Aid
President Biden has announced that relief efforts will begin the moment it’s safe.
“As soon as the storm passes, we are going to put the country’s full might behind rescue and recovery,” he said in an update. He also encouraged Louisiana residents to take the precautions needed with this monster storm.
“Don’t kid yourself. This is going to take a lot of resources, a little luck. And as my grandfather would say, the grace of God and goodwill of the neighbors,” he said.