Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on its week-long journey from Cuba to Connecticut. It’s soaked the Big Easy and the Big Apple. Now it crosses New England before heading to the Atlantic Ocean, where it is expected to die out and retire its name.
Ida started as a disorganized storm in the Caribbean Sea before developing into a disorganized tropical storm. It gained momentum before crashing into Cuba, further strengthening as a Category 1 storm last Friday.
Ida churned through the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, climbing to a Category 2 storm on Saturday night, only to turn into a Category 4 within an hour and a half.
Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast as an upper-level Category 4 storm that packed 150 mph winds Sunday afternoon. (Note: A Category 5 storm occurs when winds exceed 155 mph)
Ida hit the LaFourche parish town of Port Fourchon, which is next to Grand Isle. The storm moved slowly inland, leveling structures with catastrophic winds while dumping unseen amounts of rain.
Places like LaPlace, Louisiana have suffered tremendously. All residents of New Orleans lost power, some of the one million customers who lost power in the area. A bridge collapse in Lucedale, Mississippi, killed at least two people. There were life-threatening 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, overwhelming New York City Wednesday with record rains and flooding, and even tornado warnings and watches throughout the night.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had previously urged residents to stay indoors during the storm’s high winds, heavy rains, flooding and tornado warning. Shortly before midnight, he decrees a state of emergency.
“I am declaring 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, flash flooding and dangerous conditions on our roads.”
Now the storm is moving into the New England states, which faced Tropical Storm Henri 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 others.
That said, here are some places in New England with live cameras where you can watch the storm without having to actually be in the storm. You must click play on each of the cities to view their current status.