Within 12 hours of formation, Hurricane Ida passed through the Cayman Islands with the strength of a tropical cyclone. By the time it landed in Cuba later on Friday, it had become a Category 1 hurricane.
Currently, the storm is in the Gulf of Mexico and you can see Louisiana.
Eda could hit the state as a Category 4 hurricane — maximum sustained winds 140 mph — Hurricane Katrina’s 16th Anniversary Sunday.
Louisiana was also hit by several storms last year, including Hurricane Roller and Delta.
On Saturday, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane alert from Intracoastal City, Louisiana to the mouth of the Par River, which includes New Orleans. There were hurricane watches across the Mississippi coast and from west of Intracoastal City to Cameron, Louisiana.
A storm surge warning was also issued. Depending on the ebb and flow of the tide, the surge can reach as high as 15 feet in Morgan City, Louisiana and up to 7 feet in Lake Pontchartrain, according to the center.
“Aida, which has reached the Louisiana coast, is expected to be a very dangerous hurricane. In alert areas, actions to protect life and property need to be completed in a hurry.” Added.
After leaving Cuba, Aida had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. An important issue for Gulf residents and emergency authorities is how strong they will be before landing in the United States.
According to the Hurricane Center, the storm intensifies very rapidly and, 24 hours before landing, is defined as Category 3 or higher and can be a major hurricane with a maximum wind speed of 111 mph or higher.
Studies over the last decade have shown that, on average, such rapid intensification of hurricanes has progressed, as the oceans that provide energy for hurricanes have become warmer as a result of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. is. However, as usual at the end of summer, the bay is so warm that Aida will soon become stronger.
The Hurricane Center defines a rapid intensification as an increase of at least 35 mph of sustained wind over a 24-hour period. In the very active 2020 season, Hurricane Laura intensified at 45 mph in 24 hours before landing in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm in late August.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Aida is likely to have heavy rainfall from late Sunday to Monday from southeastern Louisiana to the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama. According to the National Weather Service, tropical cyclone strong winds arrive along the coast as early as Saturday night, before the storm lands on Sunday afternoon or evening. After moving inland, the storm could contribute to a flood in Tennessee, killing 20 people in flash floods last weekend.
Due to an editing error, earlier versions of this article misidentified the location of the Tropical Cyclone Ida. It was in the Caribbean at the beginning of Friday, not in the Gulf of Mexico.
In Louisiana, where daily deaths from Covid reached its highest level this week, expanded hospitals must revise the fierce preparations they would normally make prior to the expected strike from Hurricane Aida.
Dr. Joseph Canter, Louisiana’s medical director, visited residents on Friday to visit an emergency room unnecessary to maintain the state’s hospital capacity, which was significantly reduced by the pandemic’s most severe covid surge. Asked to avoid.
There are plans to transfer patients from coastal areas to inland hospitals before the hurricane, but this time “evacuation is not possible,” Governor John Bel Edwards said at a news conference.
“There are no rooms in the hospital,” he said. “We have no place to bring these patients. They are neither inside nor outside the state.”
The governor said authorities had asked the hospital to check the generators and stockpile more water, oxygen and personal protective equipment than usual due to the storm. The impact of a Category 4 hurricane when the hospital was full was “beyond normal plans,” he added.
Edwards said he had told President Biden and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Deanne Criswell to look forward to Covid-related urgent requests, including oxygen.
The state’s recent wave of Covid hospitalization has surpassed the previous three peaks, and staff shortages require support from federal and military medical teams. On Friday, 2,684 Covid patients were admitted to the state.This week’s Louisiana report Covid’s highest number of daily deaths — 139.
One of the largest local health systems, Oschner Health, has informed the state that it has limited capacity to accept storm-related movements, especially from nursing homes, and said Warner L. Thomas, CEO of the group. Said. Many of Oshner’s hospitals, which were treating 836 Covid patients on Friday, had invested in backup power and water supply systems to reduce the need for evacuation, he said.
The pandemic also complicated efforts to discharge more patients than usual before the storm hit. For many Covid patients who need oxygen, “going home isn’t really an option,” said Stephanie Manson, Chief Operating Officer of the Hour Lady of the Ray Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. In the intensive care unit.
The Governor said he feared that the movement of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of evacuees within the state could lose recent profits as the number of new coronavirus cases began to decline. .. Dr. Canter urged moving residents to wear masks and observe social distances. Many of the state’s testing and vaccination sites were scheduled to be temporarily closed.
When the hurricane “Aida” headed for the Gulf Coast, there were signs of strength to compete with the hurricane Laura, officials said.
Laura struck Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 27, 2020. Friday’s first anniversary was a painful marker of how many people were forced to live in a hotel, camping trailer, or home. I could hardly live because of the sacrifice of the storm. Elected officials also pointed out the lack of federal support they believe the city still needs.
Mayor Nick Hunter posted on his Facebook page, saying, “Thank you for being tougher than you need to be.”
Laura was just the first of a series of weather crises that hit the southwestern corner of Lake Charles and Louisiana in the past year. The Hurricane Delta cut a similar path through the state about six weeks later. Later, a winter storm struck the area, rupturing pipes in houses and destroying water systems. Then, in May, a heavy rain caused a flood.
In the city on Friday, residents stocked up supplies and watched the weather forecast carefully …