Hurricane Ida, Aug-Sept 2021

03 Sep 2021


Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 storm, the fifth-strongest storm to hit the U.S. mainland. The storm struck land on August 29th near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, about 60 miles south of New Orleans. Ida brought strong winds and heavy rain to the area as it moved to the north. The levees protecting the city of New Orleans held, but some levees outside smaller communities failed. Areas of Plaquemines Parish were inundated with water. LaPlace to the west was flooded as well. On the Louisiana barrier island of Grand Isle, every building was reported damaged or destroyed. More than a million of people were left without power in Louisiana and Mississippi.

After landfall, Ida weakened as it moved north and then northeast. The storm’s remnants combined with another storm front, bringing record rainfall, flooding, and tornadoes to the Northeast on Wednesday, September 1st. Forty people were killed in the region.

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