Possibly the worst storm in Louisiana since the 1850s

The US National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Ida turned into a major hurricane early Sunday morning and is expected to cause a storm surge, wind damage and torrential rain on the northern Gulf coast.

The NHC said Sunday that Ida will bring maximum sustained winds of 185 kph (115 mph).

The hurricane was classified as a Category 4 “extremely severe” storm. It intensified faster than officials expected on Saturday as Gulf Coast residents evacuated and businesses closed.

Southern Louisiana is still reeling from Hurricane Laura a year ago. The state also has the third highest rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in the United States over the past seven days.

Ida winds will be fierce and spread over an area of ​​300 miles, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said on Saturday, possibly the worst direct blow to the state since the 1850s.

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