#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: As Hurricane Ida barrelled towards the Louisiana coast, residents braced for a storm of potentially historic proportions due to arrive on the 16th anniversary of Katrina, the brutal hurricane that claimed more than 1,800 lives on America’s Gulf coast.
#AceWeatherDesk says Louisiana Gov. Has said the Hurricane #Ida Could be One of the Strongest to Hit State Since 1850s & Due to Arrive on the 16th Anniversary of Katrina …..as National Weather Service officials announced on Saturday night that Ida continued to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico and was set to become a category 3 hurricane overnight, before making landfall on Sunday afternoon as a potential category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130mph (210 km/h), life-threatening storm surges and heavy rain.
State officials warned that Ida was likely to become one of the worst hurricanes in the history of Louisiana, a region known for torrid weather events.
“This will be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit anywhere in Louisiana since at least the 1850s,” said Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards at a press conference on Saturday. “We can also tell you your window of time is closing. It is rapidly closing.”
Tens of thousands of residents in coastal communities in south-east Louisiana were under mandatory evacuation orders. In New Orleans, the city placed those living outside the levee protection system under mandatory evacuation and urged all others to leave voluntarily. There was gridlock on the main highway leaving the city and vast queues at the Louis Armstrong international airport, as officials announced all flights would be cancelled on Sunday.
It was 29 August 2005 when New Orleans and other communities in the region were decimated by Katrina and the subsequent government failures in response. Hundreds of thousands of homes were lost after the city’s levee system failed, leading to catastrophic flooding. The city took years to recover.
On Saturday, Edwards pointed to billions of dollars in federal government investment in the city’s levees to argue the city was better prepared over a decade later.
As Louisiana Residents Flee Region Ahead Of Hurricane Ida, New Yorkers Head South To Help
CBSNewYork TeamAugust 28, 2021 at 11:46 pm
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As Hurricane Ida gets closer to making landfall in Louisiana, some New Yorkers have mobilized to help.
As Hurricane Ida barrels towards the Gulf Coast, residents are fleeing the region, but there are some New Yorkers who have chosen to head towards the danger.READ MORE: Bus Transporting New York State Prisoners Catches Fire In Dutchess County
“There’s a sense of anxiety,” said Jose Dominguez, chief volunteer services officer for the American Red Cross in Greater New York. “The traffic build-up, obviously, is there … People are preparing. They are taking the message, a voluntary evacuation, seriously and they’re stocking up, so you see some empty shelves.”
Dominguez oversees the volunteer department for the American Red Cross in Greater New York. He and about a dozen others from our area arrived in Louisiana over the last few days.
They, along with other volunteers from across the country, are preparing for Ida.
“We have about 16 shelters that are on standby, ready to be filled,” Dominguez told CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon. “We are setting up the cots. We’re putting blankets on those cots. We have comfort kits, which include hygiene items … We have about 68,000 ready-to-eat meals that are available for anybody who comes to our shelters.”
CEO Mary Barneby heads up the New York region of the Red Cross.
She anticipates that in the days to come, even more volunteers will be deployed.
“Once everything kind of settles in and the storm has passed, that’s when a lot of the work really begins because people then really do need a helping hand. They need resources. They need agencies to work together to get them what they need to get back on their feet,” Barneby said.READ MORE: 2 Pedestrians Struck By Hit-And-Run Driver In The Bronx, 1 Killed
The Red Cross isn’t the only local group galvanizing efforts.
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management tweeted Saturday that New Jersey Task Force 1 has been activated as part of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System to deploy to assist with the rescue and recovery efforts resulting from Hurricane Ida.
🌊New Jersey Task Force 1 (NJ-TF1) has been activated as part of the National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System to deploy to assist with the rescue and recovery efforts resulting from soon-to-be Hurricane Ida.
— NJOEM🇺🇸 (@ReadyNJ) August 28, 2021
Here at home, the New York City’s Department of Emergency Management says it has no plans just yet to deploy resources.
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross is asking people for financial donations or to sign up to be a volunteer. It’s also asking for those who can to donate blood. For more information, visit redcross.org/local/new-york/greater-new-york.html.
CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report & The Guardian, Oliver Laughland.
#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.29: 2021:
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