Hurricane Ida has landed in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Tens of thousands of Americans had already fled from what the National Hurricane Center (NHC) calls an “extremely dangerous” hurricane.
According to the NHC, wind speeds of up to 240 kilometers per hour are currently measured. As a result, in the United States, Ida is one of the toughest hurricanes in the last 150 years at the time of land. The NHC classifies Ida as a Category 4 Hurricane, out of 5 categories in total.
US President Biden also calls the hurricane “life-threatening” tonight. The hurricane can also create “immense devastation”, including power outages that can last for weeks, says Biden.
Here are the first images from the disaster area:
The coastal areas of Louisiana have an evacuation warrant. Dozens of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico have been cleared and half of the oil and gas production in the region has been stopped.
The hurricane may pose a threat to New Orleans, the city in Louisiana which was very badly hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More than 1800 people lost their lives back then.
This is what Hurricane Idas eye looks like: