Hurricane Ida Is Now A Category 4 As It Blasts Ashore Gulf Coast Louisiana With 150 Mile Per Hour Sustained Winds And Stronger Than Katrina

Hurricane Ida’s outer bands began bringing heavy rain to the Louisiana coast early Sunday as the storm continued to strengthen overnight. It was packing 150 mph sustained winds, just 7 mph shy of Category 5 force, as the storm’s center neared the U.S.

Hurricane Ida has made its way to the shoreline of Louisiana, with unbelievable fury pent up in her massive eye, with coming destruction that will be heartbreaking to watch and mind-numbing to comprehend. In a very ironic twist, it is hitting Louisiana on the exact anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a storm that claimed more than 1,800 lives, and it ranked as the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Hurricane Ida is every bit as powerful as Katrina, so now would be a great time to pray for everyone in her path as we did on this morning’s Sunday Service.

“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?” Job 38:22,23 (KJB)

Right about now, you could make a pretty good case that America is under judgment from God, not just because of Ida, but because of everything else taking place all at the same time. Did you know that Joe Biden met with the new Israeli PM Naftali Bennett on Friday to discuss dividing Israel to create the Two State Solution? God sure did. Think of how bad Katrina was, and she was only a Cat 3, Ida is a Cat 4. Please pray for the people of Louisiana.

The powerful Category 4 storm made landfall on the same date Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years earlier, about 40 miles west of where Category 3 Katrina first struck land.

FROM  ACCUWEATHER: Evacuations took place Saturday across parts of the Gulf Coast as officials around the region urged residents to make final preparations and heed warnings ahead of the life-threatening impacts posed by Hurricane Ida, which AccuWeather forecasters expect will roar ashore Sunday.

Hurricane Ida is set to become the first landfalling hurricane on United States soil in 2021, and AccuWeather forecasters warn Ida is set to slam into Louisiana as a very dangerous Category 4 major hurricane and unleash major impacts across the Gulf Coast and Southeast. AccuWeather forecasters, expecting extreme impacts for the Gulf Coast, have rated Ida a 4 on the AccuWeather RealImpact™ Scale for Hurricanes.


On Saturday afternoon, Ida began to rapidly intensify over the Gulf Coast, with wind speeds increasing from 85 mph to 105 mph, making the storm a Category 2 hurricane (maximum sustained winds of 96 to 110 mph) on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Early on Sunday morning, Ida again strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane, then quickly became a Category 4, packing 140 mph sustained winds.

As of 11 a.m. CDT Sunday morning, the NHC said Ida’s sustained winds were hitting 150 mph, with gusts even higher. The storm was swirling over the Gulf of Mexico and moving northwest at a speed of 13 mph, within 25 miles of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 50 miles from the storm’s center and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 150 miles.

“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion today in the warning area along the northern Gulf coast,” the National Hurricane Center warned on Saturday. It added that the hurricane was expected to bring “life-threatening storm surge flooding, damaging winds and flash flooding” to potions of the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines.

As of Sunday morning, a variety of warnings were in place along parts of the central Gulf Coast. Hurricane warnings were in effect from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the mouth of the Pearl River, and across Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Metropolitan New Orleans. Tropical storm warnings were in effect from Cameron, Louisiana, to west of Intracoastal City, Louisiana, as well as from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama and Florida border.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Thursday due to the potential impacts from the hurricane. He also called on residents to heed the warnings. READ MORE

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