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What has happened down here is the winds have changed

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We should probably have an open thread about this:

Hurricane Ida, the rapidly intensifying storm barreling toward Louisiana, could be one of the most powerful to hit the state in more than a century, meteorologists and state officials warned on Saturday.

“We can sum it up by saying this will be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit anywhere in Louisiana since at least the 1850s,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards at a news conference, warning residents that their window to evacuate the area was closing.

Ida, which passed through the Cayman Islands as a tropical storm and reached Cuba on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, is causing mass evacuations in Louisiana. Early Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said it had become a Category 3 storm, then upgraded it to Category 4 just an hour later, with maximum sustained winds of 130 m.p.h.

The storm is expected to hit Louisiana later Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as an “extremely dangerous major hurricane,” the center said.

21st century horrors rarely involve subtlety on any level.

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