Hurricane Ida hits the United States.
Hurricane Ida accelerates its intensification in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is already a category 4 cyclone on the Saffir Simpson scale just hours before it makes landfall on the Louisiana coast, USA.
According to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), issued at 8 a.m. local time, the “extremely dangerous” Ida already generates maximum sustained winds of 240 km / h, with even more intense gusts.
The National Weather Service assured that the potential damage from Ida is such that it could leave the area “uninhabitable for weeks or months.”
The hurricane is 90 km south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, in Louisiana, where it is heading at a speed of 24 km / h.
Reports from the “hurricane hunter” plane indicate that the estimated minimum central pressure is 935 millibars, while the effects are already beginning to be felt on the ground and at stations near Southwest Pass, in Louisiana, they already report a sustained wind of 131 km / h. a gust of 172 km / h.
Ida has quickly strengthened since it came into contact with the warm and deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where it entered this Friday after leaving the island of Cuba behind. If at 3 local time this Saturday the strength of its winds was 130 km / h, just 14 hours later it already produced maximum sustained winds of 165 km / h and in less than 24 hours it became a “major” hurricane.
By the time it reaches the US coast, scheduled for this Sunday afternoon, Meteorologists estimate that Ida could maintain its current strength of Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, out of a maximum of 5 and that it measures hurricanes based on the strength of their winds.
In addition to the strong winds, the greatest concern of the authorities of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans lies in the floods in a region of low altitude above sea level and from which thousands of people have evacuated this Saturday.
The NHC warns that a storm surge could raise normal sea level up to 4.8 meters in the area of the mouth of the Mississippi and an accumulation of rainwater of up to 60 centimeters of water in southeastern Louisiana and the southern tip of the state of Mississippi until Monday.
This could cause severe urban flooding and life-threatening flash floods, a danger that would be added to possible tornadoes on Sunday and Monday in the northern Gulf Coast states, including parts of eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, central and southern Alabama and the extreme western Florida.