Hurricane Ida winds hit 150 mph ahead of Louisiana strike

Ida is arriving Sunday on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s ruinous strike on the Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Ida
Hurricane Ida

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida has rapidly grown in strength, becoming a dangerous Category 4 hurricane just before hitting the Louisiana coast near one of the country’s main centers for drilling for and transporting oil.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the system has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. Ida is arriving Sunday on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s ruinous strike on the Gulf Coast.

Ida’s threat has forced emergency officials to prepare shelters for evacuees forced from their homes amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

The hurricane’s eye was nearing Port Fourchon, where boats and helicopters gather to take workers and supplies to oil platforms in the ocean, and the oil extracted starts its journey toward refineries.

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