Hurricane Ida: New Orleans orders evacuation as it prepares for potential direct impact

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Hurricane Ida is expected to hit the United States on Sunday

The mayor of New Orleans has ordered the evacuation of unprotected neighborhoods from flooding as the city braces for a possible direct impact from a storm stronger than Hurricane Katrina, which left a trail of devastation exactly 16 years ago.

“What I’ve been told is this storm is not going to go away,” Mayor Latoya Cantrell said Saturday (8/8).

Hurricane Ida intensified in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before arriving on the southern coast of the United States scheduled for Sunday (29/8).

Mandatory evacuation is in effect for some parts of New Orleans – those outside of levee-protected areas – while a voluntary evacuation order has been issued for the rest of the city.

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