Evacuations For NOLA, Ida Expected To Strike At Cat 4

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

Hurricane Ida has formed and is expected to make landfall Sunday in Louisiana near Category 4 strength, forecasters with National Hurricane Center said Friday. Hurricane watches have been issued for Louisiana, including metro New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

The latest track has Ida coming ashore Sunday, bringing life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rain to southeast Louisiana. Sunday also is the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

During a press conference Friday with emergency officials to discuss the city’s hurricane preparations, Mayor LaToya Cantrell ordered mandatory evacuations for residents in low-lying areas outside of the levee system. Those needing to evacuate should do so immediately.