Hurricane Ida winds hit 150 mph ahead of Louisiana strike

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A man pulls a cart down a mostly deserted Bourbon Street in the French Quarter as the early effects of Hurricane Ida are felt, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in New Orleans, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida is rapidly intensifying just hours from landfall in Louisiana.

As of early Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the system has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, which makes it a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane.

Ida is arriving on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s ruinous strike on the Gulf Coast.

Ida’s threat has forced emergency officials to prepare shelters for evacuees forced from their homes amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state is working to shelter many people in hotels to reduce risks of spreading the virus.

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