As the first hurricane, Hurricane Ida swept across Cuba. It gained strength in the Caribbean on Friday before landing on the Cuban island of Isla de la Juventus – measuring 120 kilometers per hour, according to the US State Hurricane Center NHC. According to Cuban state media reports, the power outage and trees fell. Thousands of people have been evicted.
Local public transportation is suspended in the capital, Havana. Life-threatening storms and heavy rains, flash floods and landslides are expected in western Cuba, but the NHC has also warned of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. “Ida” is expected to move across the Gulf of Mexico from Saturday night (local time), regaining strength there and reaching the U.S. coast as a dangerous strong hurricane on Sunday in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Most predictions are now that “Ida” will temporarily turn into a five-fifth hurricane, the NHC said. If a storm of this magnitude hits the ground, “catastrophic damage” can be expected.
According to the forecast, “Ida” will hit New Orleans on Sunday afternoon (local time) – exactly 16 years after the city was devastated by Hurricane “Katrina”. In Louisiana, Governor John Bell Edwards declared a state of emergency. He mobilized the National Guard and called on citizens to prepare for the storm. Widespread power outages and flooding are expected. President Joe Biden also declared a state of emergency in the state. This means additional help can be mobilized and paid for quickly.
The tropical cyclone is considered a hurricane from 119 kilometers per hour, reaching the fourth minimum of 209 kilometers in five stages, from a maximum of 252 kilometers per hour. The hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June to November. Last year was particularly intense. According to the NHC, hurricane activity in the Atlantic Basin is still above average this year. According to experts, the intensity of tropical cyclones is increasing, which should produce hot water, which is a result of climate change.
“Ida” is the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the season. Another hurricane is expected in the Pacific over the weekend – storm “Nora” moved toward the west coast of Mexico on Friday.
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