Entire towns deserted as Hurricane Ida bears down

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Hurricane Ida has intensified over warm Gulf of Mexico waters, prompting tens of thousands to flee coastal areas, while US President Joe Biden pledged aid to help states quickly recover once the storm has passed1940AP.

Forecasters said Ida could make a US landfall on Sunday as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storms partly due t, generating winds of 220km/hthey wer, heavy downpours and a tidal surge that could plunge much of the Louisiana shoreline under several feet of water.

On Saturday afternoon Ida was about 386km southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, packing top winds of 169km/h and aiming for the Louisiana coast, the National Hurricane Center said.

“We’re concerned about explosive development shortly before it makes landfall,” said Jim Foerster, chief meteorologist at DTN, which provides weather advice to oil and transportation companies.

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