Hurricane Ida and some of the worst natural disasters of this millennium
Hurricane Ida hits Louisiana and moves up the East Coast causing at least 46 deaths
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LIFESTYLE Natural disaster
Nature's immense and overwhelming beauty is balanced only by its immense and overwhelming destruction, and the numerous natural disasters of this millennium are proof of that. With our increased global connection, and the added pressures of climate change, each new catastrophe is felt more closely throughout the world, and the consequent death, illness, and devastation are impossible to ignore.
On August 29, Hurricane Ida barreled through Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It's one of the strongest hurricanes on record to ever make landfall in Louisiana, ABC reports. The hurricane caused mass flooding and devastating damage throughout the state. The catastrophic storm hit on the 16-year anniversary of Katrina, a Category 3 hurricane that ravaged the Gulf Coast. Ida is the second-worst hurricane to hit the state of Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Ida moved up the East Coast and has ravaged the states of New York and New Jersey. Dramatic videos showed terrifying waves of floodwater flowing down into the subway stations. Eight different tornados hit the North East region of the country, flattening homes in New Jersey and several other states. Flooding has destroyed countless homes, and killed many living in basements. CNN reports that 23 people have died in New Jersey alone. A death toll of close to 50 is estimated across the country, but it's too soon to say what the total will be. A state of emergency has been declared in several states along the East Coast and North East of the country as massive flooding takes over.
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