The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:
Mayor LaToya Cantrell today said that with little time left before Hurricane Ida reaches Louisiana, residents should get ready to hunker down and ride out the storm. She told a news conference there wasn’t enough time to establish the highway contraflow procedures necessary to move all residents out of the city before the storm’s expected landfall Sunday afternoon.
“We are not calling for a mandatory evacuation because the time simply is not on our side. We do not want to have people on the road, and therefore in greater danger,” Cantrell said. “The situation is much more serious than it was six hours ago,” said Cantrell, referring to the increasing intensity forecast of Ida, which is on a path to smash into the central Louisiana coast as a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm.
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“The situation is much more serious than it was 6 hours ago”: Officials in New Orleans are giving an update on Hurricane Ida expected to make landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane. pic.twitter.com/oG8g9Idcju
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 27, 2021
If you’re just waking up, here’s a quick #Ida recap:
1. Ida is forecast to landfall as a dangerous category 4 hurricane
2. LA hospitals are at capacity due to COVID
3. Schools in at least 10 parishes are closed Monday
4. 96 out of 99 drainage pumps in New Orleans are ready pic.twitter.com/szPcMm6cyB
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 28, 2021
Expected to be a major category 4 hurricane at landfall, #Ida is about to enter open water in the Gulf of Mexico for the next 24-36 hrs. If you live along the Gulf Coast, time is running out to be get prepared. Landfall is expected to sometime Sunday afternoon into early Monday. pic.twitter.com/CnObwtv0vE
— MyRadar Weather (@MyRadarWX) August 28, 2021