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    Category 4 storm makes landfall in Louisiana

    • A tornado watch was issued for parts of Louisiana, including New Orleans.
    • Storm preparations were complicated by the pandemic.
    • The storm made landfall 16 years to the day Katrina delivered its devastating blow.

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    NEW ORLEANS – Powerful Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday on the southeastern Louisiana coast, a Category 4 storm driving winds of 150 mph and fears of life-threatening storm surge, potentially catastrophic wind damage and flooding rainfall.

    The storm crashed ashore near Port Fourchon, less than 100 miles south of New Orleans. An hour later, power was out to more than 150,000 homes and businesses in the region, according to the tracking website poweroutage.us.

    “I’m speechless,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Benjamin Schott said shortly before landfall. “I’m sick to my stomach. It’s going to be a horrible day. All of the worst things we thought the storm could do I think are about to happen.”

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