‘The rapid intensification is happening’: Gov. Edwards urges residents to prep ahead of Ida’s landfall

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Hurricane Ida is expected to be extremely dangerous and state leaders are urging you to get a game plan.

“The rapid intensification is happening,” Governor John Bel Edwards said.

Edwards is sending a strong warning urging residents to prepare now.

He said the state has a very serious situation in its hands, as Hurricane Ida is expected to cause a major disturbance.

“The biggest challenge is not just the strength of the storm, but how quickly it’s approaching after its initial formation and we don’t have the normal time that we typically would in order to prepare for a hurricane of this magnitude,” said Edwards.

Benjamin Schott with the National Weather Service said Ida’s potential impact is extremely dangerous.

“This will be a life-altering storm for those who aren’t prepared and ready to take what Ida is going to throw at us,” said Schott.

Emergency crews are on standby and buses will help people evacuate when needed.

“With the speed of the storm coming in and its strength being a fairly strong category four, it’s possible we can have winds and excessive a hundred miles per hour,” said Schott.

If you’re using a generator, be safe and keep it outdoors. You should also avoid driving if you don’t have to and prepare to stay where you are until the storm passes.

“Have three days’ worth of supplies on hand. That’s the rule of thumb, the first 72 hours are on you,” said Edwards.

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