Hurricane Ida Leaves Damage


By Sean Perez-Gonzalez

On Aug. 26, 2021, one of the most devastating hurricanes in United States history hit the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast, which resulted in 115 deaths, some still missing. The United States was not the only one affected by this horrid storm, many other places were torn apart by Hurricane Ida. This hurricane was a Category 4 that sustained 150 mph, which is like the Last Island Hurricane (in 1856) and Hurricane Laura (in August 2020). Ida touched down four days after the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an eerie event to happen after the worst hurricane in United States history.

Hurricane Ida was at first a Tropical Depression but due to the warm water on the Gulf of Mexico, it turned into a dangerous hurricane. Ida developed in only three days and became the fifth most devastating hurricane to hit the United States for wind. The highest wind mileage was 172mph when it touched down in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Tornadoes started to touch down causing more havoc on the east coast of the United States. There was a tornado that passed through Mullica Hill, New Jersey and it was the strongest to hit the state in the past 31 years.

This hurricane left hundreds of thousands of people without power and ruined homes. People had to evacuate to survive, leaving everything behind to be taken by the storm. In the Louisiana area, civilians had difficulty reaching the local police on August 30, causing mass panic. Police stations were overwhelmed because of Hurricane
Ida hitting on August 29. There were many other important goods taken by the hurricane, like gas, oil and phone lines. There were few resources left for people feeling the area of New Orleans. The next few days, the storm settled from a category 3 to a 2, and finally to a category 1. Hurricane Ida resided on September 4, leaving the coast in shambles and people without homes, food and water.