On the 16th anniversary of Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane, hell bent on causing destruction for those in its path.
When Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Sunday, sustained winds were at 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that his state “is as ready as we can be,” but he expects Ida to be “a very serious test of our levy systems, especially in our coastal Louisiana.”
There was also a danger of life-threatening storm surge Sunday in areas along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Ida became the fourth hurricane to slam Louisiana since last August and the state’s third major hurricane landfall in that time span.
In comparison, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005 as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph sustained winds. Storm surge with Katrina measured up to 24-28 feet, according to the NHC.
The water topped levees and flood walls, and more than 80% of New Orleans flooded. More than 1,500 people in Louisiana died.
Our prayers are with our friends, family, loved ones and neighbors in Louisiana.