Hurricane Ida Downgraded to A Category 1 As Levee In Danger of Collapsing

NEW ORLEANS (August 30, 2021 — Hurricane Ida has weakened to a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, according to the US National Hurricane Center latest advisory.

Ida is now located about 30 miles (50 km) east-southeast of Baton Rouge,  Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 95 miles per hour (155 km per hour), the NHC said.

A levee is in danger of collapsing, according to the National Weather Service, which has said more than 200 people are in danger in the Lafitte and Jean Lafitte area in Jefferson Parish.

“This is a particularly dangerous situation,” the weather service warns, urging people to seek higher ground immediately.

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