Saturday, August 28, 2021

Ida Expected To Reach Cat 4 Status

Daily Mail screenshot 8/28/21

The storm hit Cuba with roof-ripping force and sustained winds of up to 80 miles per hour on Friday, prompting evacuations of flood-prone New Orleans neighborhoods and oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Ida first hit Cuba's small Isle of Youth, off the southwestern end of the Caribbean island nation, toppling trees and tearing roofs from buildings soon after it was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane. 

The storm made its way towards the province of Pinar del Rio on mainland Cuba where more than 10,000 people had been evacuated and the electricity was cut off before it hit as a precaution. 

There were no deaths or major reports of damage as of Friday night. The National Weather Service said it expects Hurricane Ida to intensify significantly before coming ashore as a major hurricane in Louisiana on Sunday.

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