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Hurricane Ian death toll reaches triple digits

Hurricane Ian’s death toll has climbed into the triple digits. The number of recorded storm-related deaths rose Thursday to at least 101 in the eight days since the storm made landfall in southwest Florida. Of the total deaths, 92 were in Florida, according to reports from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission. Other storm deaths include five in North Carolina, three in Cuba and one in Virginia. Ian is the second-deadliest storm to hit the mainland United States in the 21st century behind Hurricane Katrina, which left more than 1,800 people dead in 2005. The deadliest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. was the Great Galveston Hurricane in 1900 that killed as many as 8,000 people.

Hurricane Ian nears Florida landfall with 155 mph winds

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ian's most damaging winds have begun hitting Florida's southwest coast as the storm approaches landfall. The hurricane's center neared Florida on Wednesday after rapidly intensifying overnight, gaining top winds of 155 mph. That puts Ian just shy of devastating Category 5 hurricane status. Ian is pushing a storm surge that could cause catastrophic damage along the state’s heavily populated Gulf Coast. Forecasters say the Fort Myers region is at highest risk of a surge that could reach 18 feet. Florida's governor is urging residents in that area to "hunker down." At least 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate.

Hurricane Ian nears Florida landfall with 155 mph winds

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ian has rapidly intensified off Florida, gaining top winds of 155 mph, just shy of the most devastating Category 5 hurricane status. Ian is pushing a storm surge that could cause catastrophic damage along the state’s heavily populated Gulf Coast. Forecasters say the Fort Myers area between Naples and Sarasota is at highest risk. Florida's governor says it's too late to flee that area, so people should "hunker down." At least 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate. Florida has staged 30,000 linemen, urban search and rescue teams and 7,000 National Guard troops ready to help once the weather clears.

Hurricane Ida lashes Louisiana, knocks out New Orleans power

Emergency officials say Hurricane Ida has knocked out power to the entire city of New Orleans, hours after blasting ashore as one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the U.S. The citys Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness said on Twitter that energy company Entergy confirmed that New Orleans has no power as of Sunday night, and that the only power in the city was coming from generators. The message included a screen shot that cited “catastrophic transmission damage” for the power failure. The National Weather Service said Ida, which came ashore as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, had weakened to a Category 3 storm as its eye moved west of the city Sunday night.

Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall Near Port Fourchon, Louisiana

Hurricane Ida has struck land in Louisiana, with the eye of one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the U.S. coming ashore near the barrier island of Grand Isle with winds of 150 mph. Ida’s landfall on Sunday came on the same date Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years earlier, about 40 miles west of where Category 3 Katrina first struck land. The storm is expected to move across the southeast Louisiana wetlands, weakening only slightly, and bringing devastating weather to New Orleans and Baton Rouge. 

Hurricane Ida winds hit 150 mph ahead of Louisiana strike

Hurricane Ida is rapidly intensifying early Sunday morning. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the system has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, which makes it a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane. Ida is expected to make landfall Sunday afternoon. It arrives on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s ruinous strike on the Gulf Coast. Ida’s threat has forced emergency officials to prepare shelters for evacuees forced from their homes amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state is working to shelter many people in hotels to reduce risks of spreading the virus.

Hurricane Ida forecast to strengthen as it nears Louisiana

Residents of south Louisiana are bracing for the approach of what is expected to be a rapidly intensifying Hurricane Ida. The potent storm is expected to bring winds as high as 130 mph when it slams ashore Sunday afternoon — along with dangerous coastal storm surges and flooding rains. Ida was still a depression two days ago but by Saturday night it was a Category 2 hurricane packing 105 mph winds. Forecasters predict further strengthening is imminent and say Ida is likely to become an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane as it nears Louisiana's coast. Voluntary and mandatory evacuations have been called around the region, including New Orleans. 

'Today is it.': Louisiana braces for menacing Hurricane Ida

Weather forecasters say residents across Louisiana’s coast should rush to prepare for the approach of an intensifying Hurricane Ida. The storm is expected to bring winds as high as 140 mph when it slams ashore late Sunday. A combination of voluntary and mandatory evacuations have been called for cities and communities across the region including New Orleans, where the mayor ordered a mandatory evacuation for areas outside the city’s levee system and a voluntary evacuation for residents inside the levee system. But since the storm quickly escalated in intensity, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said it wasn’t possible to order a mandatory evacuation of the entire city.