A new shocking video is showing the incredibly devastating of Hurricane Ida as the storm officially makes landfall in Lousiana on Sunday afternoon (August 29th).
“Lots of homes gone and just laying around… power lines, cars flipped, trailers, trees everywhere…” the Twitter user who shared the video revealed. The clip shows a house in the storm’s path completely gone.
According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Ida’s center crossed the Gulf Coast near Port Fourchon, Lousiana at 11:55 a.m. CDT. Maximum sustained winds at the time were 150 mph, which makes the storm a high-end Category 4 hurricane.
The Service also revealed Hurricane Ida has officially tied with two other hurricanes for the strongest landfall on record in the state of Louisiana based on its max wind speeds. Hurricane Laura had 150 mph winds last year. An unnamed hurricane made landfall in Lousiana with winds that high was in 1856.
The National Weather Service also reports that Hurricane Ida has pushed water levels more than seven feet above normal at Shell Beach in Lousiana. More than six feet above normal at Waveland, Mississippi. Power lines and trees were reportedly downed in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Wind gusts up to 76 mph have been measured in New Orleans as well.
Flash Flooding Continues In Parts of Louisiana Due to Hurricane Ida
The National Weather Service has also declared a flash food warning in New Orleans due to Hurricane Ida’s landfall impact.
Other areas currently under a flash flood warning are Northwestern Jefferson Parish, Northwestern Plaquemines Parish, West Central St. Bernard Parish, Northwestern St. Charles Parish, and West Central St. John The Baptist Parish. All areas are located in Southeastern Louisiana.
PowerOutage.us also reveals that more than 500,000 outages are being reported in Lousiana as Hurricane Ida continues to make its way through the state.
According to the New York Times, the National Hurricane Center stated that total rainfall accumulation could reach as high as 20 inches in southeast Lousiana. “Preparation to protect life and property should be rushed in the warning area along the northern Gulf coast.”
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Encourages Residents to Take Shelter
On Sunday afternoon, Lousiana John Bel Edwards took to his Twitter account to issue a warning to residents to seek shelter to avoid Hurricane Ida.
“Hurricane #Ida has only just made landfall. For most of the state, current weather conditions are only the very beginning of what’s to come. Now is not the time to be outside. Stay sheltered in place. Be safe, be smart, remain indoors.”
The Governor shared on Face the Nation on Sunday, “We think an awful lot of people did evacuate. But this is a very difficult storm. And so, we’re absolutely doing everything that we can now to-to get people to-to take those last-minute steps.”