Hurricane Ida strengthens, Louisiana braces for severe blow

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents across Louisiana’s coast rushed to prepare for the approach of an intensifying Hurricane Ida.

The storm is expected to bring winds as high as 130 mph when it slams ashore Sunday afternoon — along with dangerous coastal storm surges and flooding rains.

Ida was still a depression two days ago but Saturday night was a Category 2 storm with 105 mph winds.

A combination of voluntary and mandatory evacuations have been called for cities and communities across the region including New Orleans.

Meteorologists say the storm’s track could have significant effects on the industrial corridor between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and on Mississippi River traffic.

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