Ida arrives on the mainland as a four-point storm.

Hurricane Ida is approaching the Gulf of Mexico from Cuba at a rapid pace and increasing in intensity, and the storm is expected to descend as a hurricane of magnitude 4 west of New Orleans on Sunday, exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the city.

The city’s mayor called on residents to do so as quickly as possible if they were to leave.

A strength of 4 also means 150 mph, or 220 km/h, winds, as well as heavy rain. Waves up to 3-4 meters high can block the shore, floods can form and the bottom areas can be submerged. timetable. a CNN The US Weather Service has cited the possibility of areas in southeastern Louisiana that will become uninhabitable for weeks or even months.

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Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the city in 2005, hit the city like a force 3 storm, but a few days later rain swept through the levee that had been protecting the city, and flooding claimed more than 1,800 lives in and around New Orleans.