Ida slammed into the Louisiana coast on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, making it one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall in the state.
But it was in the Northeast, hundreds of miles from the Louisiana coast, that the downgraded storm toppled rainfall records, caused rivers to swell to near historic highs and spawned tornadoes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Climate change no doubt supercharged the storm’s broad, devastating impact in many ways.
Ida’s devastation across the Northeast is “a reminder that the name and category of a storm aren’t necessarily correlated with impact,” Marshall Shepherd, director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia and a former president of the American Meteorological Society, wrote in a Twitter post Thursday morning.
The death toll from Ida in the Northeast has already surpassed the toll in the Southeast.
Below are some of the records and near records Ida set on its violent journey from the Gulf of Mexico to New England.
Hurricane Ida tied last year’s Hurricane Laura and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 as the strongest recorded cyclone on record to hit Louisiana. When it came ashore south of New Orleans as a Category 4 hurricane, it had maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.
NASA said preliminary data shows that Ida was also the fifth strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the continental United States.................