With Hurricane Ida making landfall as a 150 mph Category 4 hurricane, it is now tied for the strongest storm to ever make landfall in Louisiana.
By the numbers:
- Hurricane Ida ties Laura (2020) and the Last Island Hurricane in 1856 as the strongest to hit LA (all had 150 mph top winds).
- Louisiana becomes the first US state to record a 150+ mph hurricanes in back-to-back years (Laura and Ida)
- A 150 mph Category 4 hurricane has more than 250 times the damage potential of a 75 mph Category 1 storm, per NOAA analyses
- Hurricane Ida’s hurricane-force winds extend 50 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds stretch 150 miles from center. The center is forecast to pass about 30 miles west of New Orleans.
- New Orleans has received over 65 inches so far this year, their second wettest on record to this point of the year. This will make flooding in the region worse. New Orleans is expecting 15-20 inches of rain with Ida.