Category 4 storm makes landfall in Louisiana

  • A tornado watch was issued for parts of Louisiana, including New Orleans.
  • Storm preparations were complicated by the pandemic.
  • The storm made landfall 16 years to the day Katrina delivered its devastating blow.

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NEW ORLEANS – Powerful Hurricane Ida slammed onto the Louisiana coast Sunday, a Category 4 storm wielding winds of 150 mph, life-threatening storm surge and potentially catastrophic rainfall.

The storm first crashed ashore near Port Fourchon, less than 100 miles south of New Orleans. A short time later it make a second landfall a few miles to the north, near Galliano. By then, power was out to more than 300,000 homes and businesses in the state, according to the tracking website

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the storm could be the most powerful to pound the state in more than 160 years. Hurricane Katrina, which flooded most of New Orleans, killing almost 2,000 people and causing damages estimated at $125 billion, made landfall 16 years ago to the day – as a Category 3 storm. 

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