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NEWSMAX: Hurricane Ida rapidly grew in strength early Sunday, becoming a dangerous Category 4 hurricane just hours before hitting the Louisiana coast as emergency officials in the region grappled with opening shelters for displaced evacuees despite the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
As Ida moved through some of the warmest ocean water in the world in the northern Gulf of Mexico, its top winds grew by 45 mph (72 kph) to 150 mph (230 kph) in five hours. The system was expected to make landfall early Sunday afternoon on the exact date Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years earlier.
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The hurricane center said Ida is forecast to hit at 155 mph (250 kph), just 1 mph shy of a Category 5 hurricane. Only four Category 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the United States: Michael in 2018, Andrew in 1992, Camille in 1969 and the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Both Michael and Andrew were upgraded to category 5 long after the storm hit with further review of damage.
The Todd Starnes Show team is compiling photographs and videos from the storm. This page will be updated throughout the day. Continue reading at Newsmax.
HURRICANE IDA IMPACT: Here is a look at the storm surge in Grand Isle pic.twitter.com/BSOuy0ye0b— wdsu (@wdsu) August 29, 2021
Leeville is flooding! #Ida #LAwx pic.twitter.com/4hl2AmvXCF— James Sinko (@JamesSinko) August 29, 2021
I desperately wish the forecast hadn’t become reality. Rapid intensification to cat 4 or 5 right before landfall is the hurricane scenario we’ve always dreaded the most. Shelter like you would for a tornado! #Ida pic.twitter.com/ZHqfIno56h— Dr. Rick Knabb (@DrRickKnabb) August 29, 2021
Gulfport, Mississippi is experiencing the beginning stages of #stormsurge flooding from #Ida. The forecast is for 6-9’ of storm surge, meaning water above normally dry ground. The Gulfport Marina is inundated with flood waters right now. @weatherchannel is live ? pic.twitter.com/palsp7IstO— Justin Michaels (@JMichaelsNews) August 29, 2021
Pascagoula’s Inner Harbor has topped the roadway at Pascagoula Street. #HurricaneIda pic.twitter.com/4rxhbD5aWz— Frank Corder (@frankcorder) August 29, 2021
LIVE CAM – Grand Isle, LA— Weather Webcam (@ActiveWxCams) August 29, 2021
Camera from @johnhumphress shows storm surge flooding has begun in SE Louisiana. The water is currently ~2 feet above normally dry ground leading to minor flooding #Ida https://t.co/brmeD9H1MS pic.twitter.com/djnoIpN4D5
Biloxi Beach near Edgewater Mall. Water still about 10-12 feet away from the sidewalk but moving in. pic.twitter.com/QXcF41kTJf— Michael Dugan (@MDuganWLOX) August 29, 2021