Louisiana is on the cusp of a devastating Category 4 hurricane

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Hurricane Ida intensified dangerously, accompanied by strong winds of up to 209 kilometers per hour, as it approached Louisiana in the southern United States, exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina, which caused great destruction.

Shops barricaded themselves behind shingles and sandbags, and residents of New Orleans, the state’s largest city, followed authorities’ instructions to evacuate or shelter inside, as Hurricane Ida raised fears of catastrophic damage.

“Hurricane Ida continues to intensify and is now a dangerous Category 4 hurricane,” the US Hurricane Center wrote on its website and is expected to reach the coast of Louisiana in the afternoon.

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The memory of Hurricane Katrina that touched the ground on August 29, 2005, exactly 16 years ago, is still painful in Louisiana.

This hurricane killed more than 1,800 people and heavy rains caused tens of billions of dollars in damages.

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