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Powerful Hurricane Ida closing in on Louisiana landfall


Nepalnews
2021 Aug 29, 18:10, New Orleans
In preparation of Hurricane Ida, a worker attaches protective plywood to windows and doors of a business in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo)

Hurricane Ida strengthened into a major hurricane early Sunday, which could potentially bring devastating damage to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

Ida had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph), making it a Category 3 hurricane, according to a 2 a.m. advisory from the US National Hurricane Center.

Ida was centered 105 miles (170 kilometers) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and 185 miles (295 kilometers) southeast of Houma, Louisiana. It was traveling northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).

Forecasters said Ida could intensify to a Category 4 hurricane with top winds around 130 mph (209 kph) before landfall. It was expected to make landfall Sunday afternoon. The storm was expected to bring dangerous storm surge, heavy rain and strong winds.

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