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Ida Batters Louisiana, Cutting Off All Power for New Orleans

  • Storm will test levees rebuilt after Katrina devastation
  • ‘I feel sick to my stomach watching’ hurricane forecaster says
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WATCH: Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast on Sunday, packing winds more powerful than Hurricane Katrina. Brian K. Sullivan reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast on Sunday, packing winds more powerful than Hurricane Katrina and a “catastrophic” storm surge that left New Orleans without power and facing mass flooding and destruction.

The storm roared ashore as a Category 4 hurricane at 11:55 a.m. local time near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, with top winds of 150 miles (240 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. It was reduced to Category 3 as it moved inland, though it was forecast to remain a hurricane throughout the night.