Anyone in the path or who will feel the after-effects of Hurricane Ida, get prepared. Hurricane Ida has gone from a category 3 to 4, so there will most likely be some catastrophic damage will occur from this hurricane.
During a Category 4 hurricane, winds range from 130 to 156 mph. At these speeds, falling and flying debris poses a very high risk of injury or death to people, pets, and livestock. Most mobile homes will be destroyed and some frame homes may totally collapse. Well-built homes will likely see severe damage to their roofs, and apartment buildings can experience damage to upper floors.
A Category 4 hurricane will blow out most windows on high-rise buildings, uproot most trees, and will likely down many power lines. Power outages can last for weeks or even months after storms of this level. Water shortages are also common in the aftermath of Category 4 hurricanes, potentially making the affected area uninhabitable for weeks or months.
New Orleans will probably be badly flooded since, on average, it is 6 feet below sea level and it is between two large bodies of water. The highest elevation that New Orleans reaches is only around 20 feet above sea level and it is located between the levees of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain.
If you are in the area of the hurricane, be safe and evacuate. Hopefully, you are already stocked with food, water, appropriate clothing, and ammunition. If you stay, be sure to not take any chances on further injury.
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