Hurricane Ida Strengthens as It Heads Toward Louisiana

  

Hurricane Ida Strengthens as It Heads Toward Louisiana

"n":"blueLinks"" class="dropcap-parent" style="margin: 0px 0px 16px; color: #2b2b2b; font-family: Roboto, Arial, Sans-sarif; font-size: 17px;">Hurricane Ida strengthened Friday as it barreled toward Louisiana, with forecasters projecting it could strike land as a Category-4 storm and New Orleans ordering residents living outside the city's levee system to evacuate.

"n":"blueLinks"" style="margin: 0px 0px 16px; color: #2b2b2b; font-family: Roboto, Arial, Sans-sarif; font-size: 17px;">Forecasts show Hurricane Ida's winds potentially reaching as high as 140 miles an hour over the next two days as it moves over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall in Louisiana on Sunday.

"n":"blueLinks"" style="margin: 0px 0px 16px; color: #2b2b2b; font-family: Roboto, Arial, Sans-sarif; font-size: 17px;">We do have a major storm heading our way," said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. "We are activating every single resource at our disposal so we are prepared to respond."

"n":"blueLinks"" style="margin: 0px 0px 16px; color: #2b2b2b; font-family: Roboto, Arial, Sans-sarif; font-size: 17px;">The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast from Cameron, La., through Mississippi to the border of Alabama. A hurricane warning was also in effect for the western Cuba provinces of Pinar del Rio and Artemisa, and the Isle of Youth, where the hurricane made landfall Friday afternoon with sustained winds of 75 mph.


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