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HURRICANE Ida weakened to a Category 3 storm as New Orleans gets slammed and roofs are blown off in Louisiana.

On Sunday, Ida’s winds reached a strength of 150mph, ranking tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland United States.

The storm — which has been dubbed “extremely dangerous” — first made landfall near Port Fourchon as an extremely powerful Category 4 storm.

Two hours later, Ida made a second landfall near Galliano, Louisiana.

Ida dropped hours later to a Category 3 storm, with max wind strength of 125mph as it neared New Orleans.

Entergy reported on Sunday night that all of New Orleans is without power because of “catastrophic transmission damage.”

A flash flood warning had been issued for New Orleans and wild videos revealed the damage to buildings, with the roof of one hospital being blown off.

The Mississippi River rose by nearly seven feet due to the storm surge and the strong winds actually caused the water to flow in the opposite direction.

President Joe Biden tweeted a message “to the people of the Gulf Coast” during the storm.

He said: “Please follow the instructions of local officials during this dangerous time.

“As soon as Hurricane Ida passes, we will put this country’s full might behind your rescue and recovery.”

Read our Tropical Storm Ida live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • GOV REQUESTS PRESIDENTIAL MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION

    Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden on Sunday “due to the severe impact of HurricaneIda.”

  • ‘ALL OF NEW ORLEANS WITHOUT POWER’

  • ‘STILL A MAJOR HURRICANE’

  • ‘SIMPLY TERRIFYING’ FOOTAGE OF HURRICANE IDA

  • SECTION OF ROOF BLEW OFF IN NEW ORLEANS’ FRENCH QUARTER

    Part of a roof is spotted on the ground in New Orleans
    Part of a roof is spotted on the ground in New OrleansCredit: AFP

  • MASSIVE ROOF HIT POWER POLE

  • RESIDENTS URGED TO ‘SEEK HIGHER GROUND’

  • ‘CATASTROPHIC TRANSMISSION DAMAGE’

  • HIGH WATERS IN AREAS OUTSIDE OF LEVEE PROTECTION SYSTEM

  • ‘APPROXIMATELY 500 PEOPLE DID NOT EVACUATE’

  • HOSPITAL ROOF BLEW OFF AMID STRONG WINDS

  • IDA TO REMAIN HURRICANE OVERNIGHT

  • IDA WEAKENS TO CATEGORY 3 STORM

    On Sunday, Ida’s winds reached a strength of 150mph, ranking tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland United States.

    The storm first made landfall as a Category 4 storm but dropped hours later to a Category 3 storm, with max wind strength of 125mph as it neared New Orleans.

    The storm blew off roofs and reversed the flow of the Mississippi River as it made its way toward New Orleans, AP News reported.

  • ‘SIGNIFICANT THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING’

  • ‘NATURAL DISASTER IN MIDST OF PANDEMIC’

    As South Louisiana’s hospitals are filled with covid patients, Jennifer Avegno, the top health official for New Orleans, said: “Once again we find ourselves dealing with a natural disaster in the midst of a pandemic.”

  • IMPACTS FROM IDA ‘FAR FROM OVER’

  • ‘WE’RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS’

    Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards said on Sunday: “I know it may not seem this way right now… But there is always light after darkness, and I assure you we’re going to get through this.”

  • ‘TERRIFYING’ VIDEO FOOTAGE OF HURRICANE IDA

  • SHOCKING VIDEO SHOWS ROOF TEAR OFF, HIT POWER LINE

  • HURRICANE IDA VIEWED FROM SPACE

  • SIDE-BY-SIDE INFRARED IMAGES OF KATRINA AND IDA

  • MAN ‘WALKS INTO STORM SURGE’

    NWS New Orleans took to Twitter to warn people not to go into the storm surge as it is “an extremely dangerous and LIFE-THREATENING situation.”

    The warning comes after footage shared on Twitter showed a man near dangerous waters.

    WJBF Meteorologist Jenna Petracci shared the video and wrote alongside it: “An example of what NOT to do during a major hurricane…I was amazed when I saw this man on the same camera I posted earlier.

    “After getting nearly pulled under water, he continues to purposefully walk into the storm surge. There is no reason for this!! #IDA @NWSNewOrleans.”

  • ‘THIS IS HOW FAST SURGE CAN RISE’

    NWS New Orleans shared before and after footage of a storm surge from a Fire Station in Delacroix.

  • VIDEO SHOWS BOAT TAKEN BY HURRICANE IDA

  • ‘ROOF PEELED OFF’ AS ‘IT’S GOING TO GET WORSE’