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Breaking it Down with Brittney - Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida Explainer
Posted at 10:02 AM, Aug 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-30 11:02:03-04

Hurricane Ida made landfall into Louisiana as a Category 4, with winds gusting up to 172mph. It has knocked out power city-wide in New Orleans. A storm surge of 10 feet occurred and those stranded in their homes have not had search and rescue able to reach them yet. This devastation struck on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a tender date for Nola. As of Monday morning, the storm has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm with winds gusting up to 80mph, as it tracks through Mississippi now. Meteorologist Brittney Merlot breaks down the science behind storm surge and what a category 4 hurricane does to cities and those who do not evacuate.