It is expected that it will make landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which led to numerous human casualties.
The National Hurricane Watch Center said Sunday that category four hurricane Ida continues to strengthen and is “extremely dangerous” as it prepares to make landfall in southern Louisiana.
The center reported that the wind speed inside the hurricane reaches 230 kilometers per hour.
It is expected that Ida will come to Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which led to the death of 1,800 people, causing the break of dams and flooding in New Orleans.
The federal system of city levees was upgraded after the 2005 storm.
“This system will be tested,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
Edwards declared a state of emergency and said that 5,000 National Guard troops are ready to conduct search and rescue operations. In addition, 10 thousand installers are ready to restore power lines as soon as the storm passes.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey also declared a state of emergency in the coastal and western counties of the state.
The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, ordered evacuating residents who live outside the city’s protective dam system.
On Friday, the Ida made landfall in Cuba, where work on clearing the territory began on Saturday. The elements toppled trees and damaged houses, but there were no reports of deaths.