Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on its week-long journey from Cuba to Connecticut. He soaked the Big Easy and the Big Apple. Now he crosses New England before heading to the Atlantic Ocean, where he is expected to run out of steam and retire his name.
Ida started out as a disorganized storm in the Caribbean Sea before evolving into a disorganized tropical storm. It gained momentum before crashing into Cuba, becoming even stronger as a Category 1 storm last Friday.
Ida churned in the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, climbing to a Category 2 storm on Saturday night, turning into Category 4 in an hour and a half.
Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast as a top-level Category 4 storm that blew winds of 150 mph Sunday afternoon. (Note: Category 5 storm occurs when winds exceed 155 mph)
Ida hit the parish town of LaFourche de Port Fourchon, which is next to Grand Isle. The storm slowly moved inland, leveling structures with catastrophic winds while dumping unseen amounts of rain.
Places like LaPlace, Louisiana, have suffered tremendously. Everyone in New Orleans has lost power, being one of the 1 million customers who have lost power in the area. At least two people were killed when a bridge collapsed in Lucedale, Mississippi. There have been fatal floods in Tennessee, West Virginia and the Northeast.
On Wednesday evening, there was a powerful tornado in the southern Philadelphia and New Jersey area. Ida continued to move north and east, crushing New York City on Wednesday with record-breaking rains and flooding, and even tornado warnings and watches all night.
Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio had previously urged residents to stay indoors during the storm’s high winds, heavy rains, flooding and tornado warnings. Shortly before midnight, he declared a state of emergency.
“I declare a state of emergency in New York tonight,” de Blasio tweeted. “We are experiencing a historic weather event tonight with record rains across the city, brutal flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads.”
Now the storm is moving to the New England states, which faced Tropical Storm Henry just 10 days ago.
It is the third tropical system to hit the region this year after tropical storms Elsa and Henri, and now Ida. Florida only dealt with Elsa and no one else.
That said, here are a few places in New England with live streaming cameras where you can watch the storm without actually having to be in the storm. You need to click play on each of the cities to view their current status.
Shelter Island, New York