ST BERNARD, La. — Hurricane Ida has formed in the Caribbean and could become a major hurricane by the time it reaches the northern U.S. Gulf Coast over the next several days. The storm became a hurricane on Friday, and will undergo rapid intensification by the time it approaches the northern Gulf Coast.
A mandatory evacuation is in place now for areas outside of the levee protection system: Jean Lafitte, Lower Lafitte, Crown Point & Grand Isle. If you are inside levee protection, it’s voluntary.
Voluntary evacuations For all residents, especially those in low-lying areas, mobile homes, and RV's
New Orleans is calling for mandatory evacuation for areas outside of the levee system, and Mayor LaToya Cantrell is encouraging anybody who is thinking of evacuating to do so as soon as possible.
St. Charles Parish
President Jewell has ordered a recommended evacuation for all of St. Charles Parish. Also advises residents that if they want to stay for Hurricane Ida - they can anticipate being without power for a week.
St. James Parish
St. James Parish President Pete Dufresne has declared a State of Emergency for St. James Parish.
St. Bernard Parish
St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis expects widespread power outages and suggests people leave by noon tomorrow. There will be no evacuation shelters in the parish.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.