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United States: Hurricane Ida

United States: Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, early Sunday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. Hurricane conditions are spreading inland across southeast Louisiana. A tornado watch is in effect for parts of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. There is also a danger of life-threatening storm surge in areas along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Residents are urged to remain indoors and be prepared to shelter in place. 

The hurricane is expected to travel northward through Louisiana, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. It will curve eastward as it keeps traveling north through Mississippi.

Airlines have cancelled all flights arriving to and leaving from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Sunday.

For state-specific advice and information, and to receive alert messages, visit the website of the emergency management office for each state below:

Louisiana – https://gohsep.la.gov

Mississippi – https://www.msema.org/  

Alabama – https://ema.alabama.gov

New Zealanders in coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are advised to avoid affected areas as advised by local authorities and follow their advice including any evacuation orders. Seek suitable shelter and make preparations. Visitors staying in travel accommodation should follow the guidance of their accommodation management and/or tour operators. Monitor local media to stay up to date with developments. It is generally considered sensible practice not to venture outdoors and remain well away from the sea during a hurricane. It is also important to keep family and friends in New Zealand updated on your welfare.

New Zealanders in the area requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Washington on +1 202 328 4800 or via email at WSHINFO@mfat.govt.nz

New Zealanders requiring urgent consular assistance can also contact the 24/7 Consular emergency line on +64 99 20 20 20.

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