Natural Disasters

Hurricane Ida brings back spectre of rapid intensification of storms

US’ disaster preparedness post-Hurricane Katrina under lens

By DTE Staff
Published: Monday 30 August 2021
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Hurricane Ida has left at least a million people in Louisiana and Mississippi of the United States without electricity; At least one person has died due to it since its August 29, 2021 landfall according to media reports.

Ida, one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States, made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on the same date as Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago. Katrina had wrought havoc in the states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Ida’s wind speeds were 150 miles per hour.

One video was taken from within the eye of the storm.

At least 1,006,861 customers in Louisiana had no electricity after Ida made landfall, CNN reported, citing the website PowerOutage.US. Some 48,515 customers in Mississippi were also facing power. The storm later weakened to a high-end Category 1 hurricane from Category 4 and was travelling inland.

One person was reported dead due to being hit by a fallen tree in Ascension Parish, according to the Sheriff’s Office, CNN reported.

US President Joe Biden has declared Hurricane Ida to be a major federal disaster, enabling federal funding to 25 affected parishes in Louisiana, CNN reported.

Ida intensified rapidly as a storm:

And there is more:

Tropical Cyclone Julian, the 10th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, formed at the weekend in the Atlantic. But it was expected to weaken and dissipate by August 30.

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