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  • A state of emergency was declared in Louisiana.
  • The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board said 96 of the city’s 99 drainage pumps are available for service
  • Ida could make landfall as a major hurricane on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall near New Orleans.

Louisiana is under a state of emergency as residents along the upper Gulf Coast are being told to get ready for Ida.

“The time to prepare is now,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a news briefing Thursday afternoon.

While it is still too early to know specific details about the impacts Ida will bring to the region, the National Hurricane Center says interests from the upper Texas coast to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle should monitor Ida’s progress closely. There is the potential for hurricane-force winds, flooding rainfall and life-threatening storm surge in parts of this region by Sunday and Monday, especially in Louisiana.

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“This type of threat contains additional problems because the window to prepare is so short,” Edwards said in a later news release. “By Saturday evening, everyone should be in the location where they intend to ride out the storm.”

Local officials in several cities and parishes in coastal Louisiana are advising residents to prepare for the storm.

School is canceled Friday in Grand Isle, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles south of New Orleans. The town’s mayor, David Camardelle, announced that a voluntary evacuation was underway Thursday night for campers, boats and RVs and that a mandatory evacuation would go into effect after 10:30 a.m. Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear who would fall under the mandatory order.

A state of emergency was declared in Jefferson Parish. Plaquemines Parish is recommending that those who might need transportation in the event of an evacuation pre-register with the parish.

Sandbags are being handed out in some areas, workers are clearing storm drains and preparing infrastructure.

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board said 96 of the city’s 99 drainage pumps are available for service in case of flooding in the city.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites in the city will close at noon Friday in order to pack up tents and equipment ahead of the storm.

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshall reminded everyone to follow safety rules when using generators. That includes not placing generators inside or adjacent to buildings or enclosed structures. Several people died while using generators after last year’s string of storms that hit the state.

Ida Could Make Landfall on Katrina Anniversary

The forecast indicates that Ida could make landfall as a major hurricane on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in Buras-Triumph, Louisiana, near New Orleans.

And Ida is churning toward areas still trying to recover from last year’s record hurricane season.

Friday marks one year since Hurricane Laura battered southwestern Louisiana.

“It’s a little unbelievable and surreal that as I speak to you today we are approaching the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Laura and the absolute last thing I want to be discussing, or that anyone in this community wants to be thinking about, is the possibility for additional bad weather,” Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said in a Facebook briefing.

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