In addition to the coastal states of the United States, the hurricane threatens western Cuba and is expected to bring heavy rains causing flooding.
Tropical The eastern storm threatens to strike Cuba and the United States. The storm, which turned into a hurricane, is feared to cause heavy rains, floods and landslides.
Hurricane wind speeds peak at 120 miles per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Friday night.
The NHC announced that the East had reached the Cuban island of Isla de la Juventud before nine pm Finnish time. The governor of the island Adian Morera said the evacuation center was ready and that the seagoing vessels had already been secured on the coast.
Eastern states are expected to strike the U.S. states on the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
In New Orleans city authorities ordered those living outside the dam system to evacuate. Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Thursday.
In addition to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are also believed to be in danger due to the hurricane.
According to forecasts, Ida will become even stronger. Its winds are estimated to reach 193 kilometers per hour as the hurricane lands on the Mississippi River estuary on Sunday. If the forecast holds true, Ida would strike the area exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in Buras and New Orleans.
Buras and New Orleans are the places where the strongest winds from Hurricane East are most likely to hit the United States.
Eastern is expected to cause heavy rains and consequent floods and landslides.
They have already been seen in Jamaica, where Ida arrived on Wednesday and turned into a storm on Thursday. Many roads were impassable in the wake of the storm and some residents were forced to leave their homes.