Hurricane Ida Nearly A Cat 5 As It Pummels Louisiana On Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

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Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana Sunday as a powerful Category 4 storm on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Ida neared Category 5 strength as it approached the Gulf Coast. Ida had winds of 150 MPH — Category 5 hurricanes have winds of 157 MPH+.

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NOAA Doppler radar imagery indicates that the eye of Ida made landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana near Port Fourchon around 1155 AM CDT.

A NOAA National Ocean Service tide gauge in Shell Beach, Louisiana, recently reported a water level of 6.4 feet above mean higher high water, which is an approximation of inundation in that area.

A NOAA National Ocean Service tide gauge at Bay Waveland Yacht Club, Mississippi, recently reported a water level of 5.5 feet above mean higher high water, which is an approximation of inundation in that area.

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