Hurricane Ida (2021)

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Hurricane Ida was an Atlantic tropical cyclone during late August 2021. The tropical wave which developed into Ida was responsible for twenty deaths in western Venezuela, mainly due to flooding.[1] The storm became Tropical Depression Nine at 1pm Atlantic Standard Time on August 26.[2] The depression was upgraded into Tropical Storm Ida just over six hours later.[3] The storm was classified as a hurricane on August 27, just after 1pm Eastern Daylight Time.[4]

Hurricane Ida
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Ida at peak intensity nearing landfall in Louisiana on August 29
FormedAugust 26, 2021
DissipatedSeptember 4, 2021
(Extratropical after September 1)
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 150 mph (240 km/h)
Lowest pressure929 mbar (hPa); 27.43 inHg
Fatalities72 direct, 43 indirect
Damage≥ $64.5 billion (2021 USD)
Areas affectedVenezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Gulf Coast of the United States (especially Louisiana), East Coast of the United States (especially the Northeastern United States), Atlantic Canada
Part of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season

Right around that same time, while a Category 1 hurricane, the storm moved across Cuba's Isla de la Juventud.[5] The storm struck Cuba near Pinar del Río just over six hours later that evening.[6]

Tropical storm or hurricane notices were posted from southeast Texas to northwestern Florida beginning on Thursday evening August 26.[7]

On the night of August 29-30 the hurricane gained strength and struck New Orleans. The area lost electrical power.[8]

In the first days of September, the hurricane hit the northeastern USA causing flooding and several deaths. It disappeared in the coast of Canada on September 4.[9]

Ida is the 6th costliest Atlantic hurricane, with over $64 billion in damages.

Related pages[change | change source]

  • Hurricane Camille (1969) – A Category 5 hurricane that took a similar path through the Caribbean
  • Hurricane Gustav (2008) – A Category 4 hurricane that had a similar path through the Caribbean
  • Hurricane Laura (2020) – A major hurricane that also struck Western Cuba and Louisiana.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Death Toll Rises to at Least 20 in Western Venezuela Floods". Al Jazeera. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  2. "Tropical Depression Nine". The National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  3. "Tropical Storm Ida". The National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  4. "Hurricane Ida". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  5. "Ida Makes Landfall on Isle of Youth While a Hurricane". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  6. "Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall Near Pinar del Rio". The National Hurricane Center. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  7. "Tropical Storm Ida Prompts Hurricane Watch for New Orleans". Associated Press. 26 August 2021. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  8. "Ida downgraded to tropical storm, New Orleans without power". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  9. "Northeast pummeled with colossal flooding, destructive tornadoes". Yale Climate Connections. September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.