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A strong hurricane Ida is approaching New Orleans | Natural Disasters

Citizens who did not have time to evacuate should immediately take refuge in a shelter. A hurricane approaching the city will reach the highest category.

Hurricane Ida is approaching the American city of New Orleans in the state of Louisiana. The authorities urged residents to evacuate. An emergency situation has been declared in the city. People who did not have time to leave should take shelter until Sunday.

“The situation with Hurricane Ida is developing faster than anyone expected... The city can't declare a mandatory evacuation, because we don't have time for it... We need to take shelter, lie low, " Mayor Latoya Cantrell said at a press conference.

The US National Hurricane Center reported that Ida will strengthen to the highest, fourth category when it approaches Louisiana.

Residents are leaving the city

Wind gusts of up to 49 m / s are expected along the state's coast, including New Orleans, “with potentially catastrophic damage,” meteorologists said.

A week ago, a state of emergency was declared in New York due to Hurricane Henry. The authorities also closed the Statue of Liberty to visitors due to bad weather.

Earlier it was reported that Hurricane Grace in Mexico claimed the lives of six children. The authorities of the affected state warned residents about possible landslides, floods, and river flooding.

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