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Hurricane Ida (26 Aug 2021 – 4 Sept 2021)

by Vishal Kumar

Hurricane Ida was a powerful and destructive hurricane that struck Louisiana and other parts of the southeastern United States in August 2021.

Path of Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida formed in the Caribbean Sea on August 26, 2021, and quickly intensified as it moved northwestward towards the Gulf of Mexico. The storm passed through the Yucatan Channel on August 27, causing flooding and heavy rain in parts of Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Ida continued to rapidly intensify as it moved towards the Louisiana coast. The storm made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana. After making landfall, Ida continued to move northward. The storm then continued inland, causing flooding and wind damage in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States.

Hurricane Ida Category

Ida was classified as a Category 4 hurricane at landfall, making it one of the strongest storms ever to hit Louisiana.

Damage by Hurricane

The impact of hurricane was significant, with at least 80 fatalities reported and an estimated $50 billion in damage. The storm caused widespread flooding and wind damage in Louisiana, destroying homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure like power lines and water treatment facilities.

In the days and weeks following the storm, residents and emergency responders worked tirelessly to clear debris, restore power and other critical services, and provide support to affected communities. The storm highlighted the need for continued investment in resilience and preparedness measures, particularly in areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and severe weather events.

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