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Hurricane Ida is hitting Louisiana on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Last Updated: August 29, 2021, 8:47 PM ET

Ida is barreling through Louisiana after making landfall in the state as a powerful Category 4 hurricane Sunday afternoon.

Ida is hitting on the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a Category 3 storm that ravaged the Gulf Coast. Katrina unleashed a series of events, taking the lives of more than 1,800 people and leaving more than $100 billion worth of damage in its wake.


All of New Orleans has lost power as Hurricane Ida pounds Louisiana.

Power in the city is only coming from generators, according to New Orleans’ Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.


In Lafourche Parish, south of New Orleans, the Thibodaux Regional Health System suffered a partial loss of power earlier Sunday, said Mindy Faciane, public information officer for the Louisiana Department of Health.

A boil water advisory has been issued for the entire East Bank of Jefferson Parish.


Category 3 Hurricane Ida is churning northwest and is now located about 25 miles west-southwest of New Orleans.

Sunday night, Ida will charge across southeastern Louisiana, bringing a threat of storm surge and flash flooding.

Areas of heavy rain will continue in Mississippi and Louisiana Monday morning, with 10 to 20 inches of rain in some areas. Strong, gusty winds are expected, bringing a threat of more power outages.

Even as Ida weakens, the heavy rain and flash flooding threat will persist well inland into Monday and Tuesday, eventually reaching the Tennessee Valley. Flash flood watches are in effect in Tennessee.

Hurricane Ida is Louisiana’s second strongest hurricane ever when measuring by pressure. Ida’s pressure fell to 930 hPa — only 2005’s catastrophic Hurricane Katrina was lower with 920 hPa.

-ABC News’ Melissa Griffin


Ida has weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 3 hurricane Sunday evening as it pummels Louisiana with dangerous wind, rain and storm surge.

In Shell Beach, Louisiana, the storm surge reached over 8 feet.

A flash flood warning remains in effect in New Orleans, while a flash flood emergency has been issued in the area of Braithwaite, Louisiana.

An extreme wind warning is in effect in parts of southeastern Louisiana, and tornadoes are possible in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

-ABC News’ Melissa Griffin



As of 6 p.m. ET, Category 4 Hurricane Ida was moving northwest near Houma, Louisiana.

Sunday night’s forecast calls for heavy rain, high wind gusts, dangerous storm surge and possibly tornadoes and flash flooding.


A flash flood warning has been issued in New Orleans where 1 to 3 inches of rain is already on the ground with another 4 to 8 inches expected.

An extreme wind warning is in effect in parts of southeastern Louisiana extending to areas just southwest of New Orleans. Wind gusts up to 125 mph are possible Sunday night in St. John the Baptist, St. James, St. Charles, Terrebonne, Lafourche and Jefferson parishes.

-ABC News’ Melissa Griffin



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