Hurricane “Ida” hit Cuba, Friday, with strong winds and storms of up to 1.8 meters. More than 10,000 people were evacuated. Straumann was cut off in several locations to prevent accidents, according to AFP.
In Havana, public transportation has been suspended.
The hurricane is expected to intensify, becoming a Category 4 hurricane on its way across the Gulf of Mexico, heading to New Orleans over the weekend.
Category 4 is the second highest on the scale. The hurricane is considered extremely dangerous by the US National Hurricane Center.
Stock up on food and fuel
Hurricane warnings have been issued for Louisiana and Mississippi. Evacuation of the area outside the dam began in New Orleans and further exposure of the Fallum towns on the coast.
People pack their bags and don’t travel. We know this is going to be huge, says Scooter Resweber, Senior Chief Constable nola.com.
Louisiana declared a state of emergency before the hurricane hit.
In both Louisiana and Mississippi, queues formed of people who began hoarding fuel and food to make ends meet.
The US National Hurricane Center warns of heavy rain and tornadoes associated with the hurricane.
16 years after “Katrina”
Louisiana has many gongs that have been hit by severe storms. New Orleans is currently affected by Hurricane Katrina, which hit the city in 2005.
Although Katrina wasn’t particularly strong, it brought with it a massive storm surge that smashed some levees and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans. More than 1,800 people died in the disaster.
But New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is asking those who live inside the dam not to evacuate.
We don’t want people to be on the road, and with it in greater danger, she says nola.com.
It says that public shelters will be established for those who cannot or do not wish to evacuate.
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