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The US state of Louisiana prepares for Hurricane Ida as the 16e anniversary of one of the most severe weather episodes in the region: Katrina.

Hurricane Ida, category 1, made landfall Friday evening, August 27, in the province of Pinar del Rio, in western Cuba with heavy rains, and sustained winds of 130 km / h, said the Cuban Meteorological Institute (Insmet). More than 10,000 people were evacuated and electricity was cut off preventively, in this region which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic on the island. In the capital Havana, near this province, public transport was suspended as a precaution at midday and thousands of people evacuated.

The hurricane is moving northwest at a speed of 24 km / h. It had previously passed through the Island of Youth, south of the main island of Cuba, but the winds and rains it caused resulted in only minor damage to agriculture and to homes including the roof was torn off.

The American Hurricane Center (NHC) believes it could become “A major hurricane” and “Extremely dangerous”, reaching a category 4 (on a scale which has 5), and potentially carrying winds of more than 200 km / h on American soil.

“Extreme challenge”

Joe Biden on Friday approved a declaration of a state of emergency for Louisiana to bring a “Federal assistant” preparation efforts, voluntary and mandatory evacuation orders having been issued in some places.

“The president will closely monitor this situation and will be kept informed of developments during the weekend”, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

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“It is an extreme challenge for our State”, said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, as his state currently faces a new outbreak of Covid-19, which brings hospitals to their knees. “It’s time for the people of Louisiana to prepare”, urged Mr. Bel Edwards, who clarified that by Saturday evening every inhabitant must be in a safe shelter:

“Make sure you and your family are prepared for any eventuality. “

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell admitted it was too late for evacuations: “We are not calling for a mandatory evacuation because time is not on our side. We don’t want people to be on the road, and therefore in greater danger ”, she said at a press conference. “The situation is much more serious than six hours ago”, she said, anticipating potential damage.

More than 1,800 dead in 2005

Louisiana is frequently hit by hurricanes. This southern state has not yet fully healed the wounds inflicted by the trauma of 2005, when Katrina ravaged Louisiana and killed more than 1,800. During this traumatic episode, New Orleans was 80% flooded, when the dikes protecting the city had given way.

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As the surface of the oceans warms, hurricanes become more powerful, scientists say. In particular, they pose an increasingly significant risk to coastal communities that are victims of wave-submersion phenomena amplified by rising sea levels.

Last week, tropical storm Henri, accompanied by record precipitation, hit the northeastern United States, a rare phenomenon for this region where thousands of people were left without electricity.

The World with AFP


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