Cyclone Ida becomes an "extremely dangerous" hurricane as it approaches the US.
Due to its power, this Friday, it stopped being a tropical storm and the level of concern of the authorities of both countries rose.
Ida became a hurricane on Friday afternoon and made landfall briefly in Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, before returning to sea, displaying the characteristics of a rare, rapidly growing storm that could cross the Gulf of Mexico and hit Louisiana on Sunday.
In the form of a hurricane, the US National Hurricane Center warned.
The pace of planning is moving straight to New Orleans. "It's not good," said Jim Kossin, a climate and hurricane scientist at the National Hurricane Center (NOAA).
Hurricane Ida, category one, touched Isla de la Juventud in the early afternoon and before heading northwest on its way to the Cuban province of Pinar del Río.
Heavy rains, torrential rains, and winds with falling trees swept over the Isle of Youth, but no casualties were reported. Electric power was cut off in the area for protection.
Although Ida would hit a primarily rural area in western Cuba, its gusts of air, downpours, and swells put authorities and the population on alert.
This is a system that is showing its intensity, Cuban meteorologist Alan Justice said on a television newscast and stressed that the waves can reach a height of four meters.
The Cuban Civil Defense (DCC) decreed a cyclonic alarm for the provinces of Mayabeque, Havana, Artemisa, Pinar del Río, and Isla de la Juventud from Friday morning.
PInar del Rio, where tobacco is grown, said it has protected 35,000 tonnes of leaves. In addition, 22,000 heads of cattle were moved to mountainous areas.
Meanwhile, about 62 boats were sheltered in the fishing village of La Coloma on the planned route to Ada.
A greater danger will occur over the Gulf, where forecasts coincide. Ida will return to the sea on Saturday morning, heading northwest. According to experts, she will strengthen to become a major hurricane before making landfall in the Mississippi River delta area at the end of Sunday or early Monday.
A report from NOAA from Florida placed Ida on Friday afternoon at 70 kilometers northwest of Isla de la Juventud and 145 kilometers southwest of Havana with sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour and a speed of translation. Of 24 kilometers per hour.
On Friday morning, Ida's maximum sustained winds increased rapidly from 75 km / h (45 mph) to 95 km / h (60 mph) as it moved from the Grand Cayman to Cuba.
"Unfortunately, the entire coast of Louisiana is currently in the forecast cone for Tropical Storm Ida, which is getting stronger and could hit the Louisiana coast as a major hurricane, as conditions in the Gulf are conducive to rapidly escalating," said state Governor John Bel Edwards. "By Saturday night, everyone should be in the place where they intend to pass the storm," he added.
A hurricane watch has been issued from Cameron, Louisiana, to the Mississippi - Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and the New Orleans metropolitan area.
The hurricane could cause dangerous storm surges on the Gulf Coast. Depending on the tide as Ida approaches the shore, storm surges of between 2.1 and 3.4 meters (7 to 11 feet) are expected between Morgan City, Louisiana, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
The mayor of Grand Isle, a Louisiana town on a narrow island in the Gulf, called for a voluntary evacuation of the area on Thursday night before the meteor's arrival and said the mandatory departure would take effect on Friday. Forecasters have warned of possible flash floods and landslides, and the storm will rise between 60 and 120 centimeters (2 to 4 feet) above normal with "large and destructive waves."
The Cayman Islands government said non-essential government offices closed Thursday and set up several shelters.