Hurricane Ida moved north over southeastern Louisiana on Sunday, finally weakening to a still dangerous 125 mph seven hours after it make landfall. As of 8 p.m. ET, the storm was moving over Mathews, Louisiana and moving slowly north through the state at 10 mph.
The storm made landfall at 12:55 p.m. as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds at Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center warned throughout the day about catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flashing flooding in southeastern Louisiana.
In a visit to FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., President Biden said his administration has prepared resources, including equipment and response teams, that will be needed after Hurricane Ida passes.
“This is going to be a devastating, devastating hurricane,” the president said.
Although the center of the storm on Sunday night remained 45 miles southwest of New Orleans, the city was already feeling the effects. New Orleans Lakefront Airport reported sustained wind of 58 mph, and a roof had already blown off a building in the French Quarter.
The storm hit Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. New Orleans officials insisted the city’s levees system, which had failed during Katrina and flooded the city, had been fortified since then.