Sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida makes landfall as a category 4 hurricane.
In 2005 the city of New Orleans was hit with a category 5 hurricane called Katrina. There were about 1,883 total fatalities and winds around 174 mph making it one of the costliest storms in history. The city was left with severe damage and left without power for days.
Hurricane Ida, which made landfall near Port Fourchon Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane has winds about 150mph and many have drawn comparisons to Katrina that hit 16 years ago.
“It’s definitely an odd thing to be watching this hurricane on the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall at virtually the same place,” said Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate with the University of Miami who studies hurricanes.
Hurricane Ida strengthened in the hours before it made landfall but Katrina did the opposite, strengthening to a category 5 over the Gulf of Mexico Before weakening to a category 3. And residents are now experiencing local street flooding and widespread power outages
“Katrina was much bigger, but both of them are destructive hurricanes that are going to go down in history, unfortunately,” says NBC News senior meteorologist
CNN has been posting live updates and it said that President Biden will meet with FEMA, the Federal emergency management agency (FEMA) administrator, and state officials on Hurricane Ida relief efforts. We will keep everyone in our prayers during this tough time!