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brooklynite

(94,256 posts)
Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:06 PM Aug 2021

Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 Storm

Source: New York Times

Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 storm, battering the coast and threatening destruction in New Orleans as the storm stands to be one of the most devastating to strike the city since Hurricane Katrina.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds on Sunday morning reached 150 miles an hour, closing in on the 157 m.p.h. winds of a Category 5 storm. In New Orleans and across southeast Louisiana, residents were bracing themselves for the worst of the hurricane.

“This is a major, major storm that is going to test us in ways that we have not been tested before,” Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

The storm has New Orleans directly in its path. On the city’s streets Sunday morning, the wind whipped in fearsome gusts as strong as 70 miles an hour. There were few cars in motion, except for the occasional howling emergency vehicle. Downtown, a few homeless people tucked themselves into the porticos of buildings. But the people who remained in New Orleans had mostly hidden themselves away.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/29/us/hurricane-ida-updates/the-powerful-cyclone-batters-the-coast-with-wind-rain-and-storm-surge

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Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 Storm (Original Post) brooklynite Aug 2021 OP
Right around landfall BumRushDaShow Aug 2021 #1
38 foot waves from the one CryoSat measure. Reports say the surge around the eye is 20 feet. ancianita Aug 2021 #2
Fortunately there are not a lot of people living where the eye is landing localroger Aug 2021 #3
Thanks. ancianita Aug 2021 #4
when its so close to a 5 you would think there would be another cat....like 4 Plus samnsara Aug 2021 #5

ancianita

(35,895 posts)
2. 38 foot waves from the one CryoSat measure. Reports say the surge around the eye is 20 feet.
Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:25 PM
Aug 2021

Like a sustained tsunami.

localroger

(3,617 posts)
3. Fortunately there are not a lot of people living where the eye is landing
Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:35 PM
Aug 2021

Port Fourchon is going to have the crud knocked out of it, but that's mostly businesses with industrial structures that are prepared anyway. Here in Mandeville (across Lake Pontchartrain from NOLA) it's hardly even raining and winds are gusting maybe 20-30 MPH. I expect that to get worse, but not much worse and not for very long as the storm seems to be skirting the metro area. Houma is likely to take a bit of a pounding, but it's pretty far inland so probably not much surge, and depending on when the track recurves Baton Rouge might get a significant wind+rain event. As for the chicken little "hurricane's comin' we're all gonna DIE" refrain I'm really not seeing it here.

ancianita

(35,895 posts)
4. Thanks.
Sun Aug 29, 2021, 01:41 PM
Aug 2021

I'm not seeing any chicken little panic, either. Still, NOLA will see a lot of rainwater damage all night long.

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