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Officials throughout the state have implored people to evacuate, with some issuing mandatory orders to do so.Arnold urged people to stock up on enough food and water for at least three days.”We say the first 72 (hours) is on you,” Arnold added. “The first three days of this will be difficult for responders to get to you.”A dangerous storm surge of 10 to 15 feet is expected from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the mouth of the Mississippi River on Sunday as Ida makes landfall, the NHC said. Additional storm surges are anticipated from the shores of western Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border.The storm surge, coupled with winds as strong as 150 mph, could leave some parts of southeast Louisiana “uninhabitable for weeks or months,” according to a hurricane statement from the National Weather Service in New Orleans.

he NWS warned of “structural damage to buildings, with many washing away” as well as winds that could bring “widespread power and communication outages.” Flooding rains could cause “numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out” along with “some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away.”Rainfall accumulation during the storm may total 8 to 16 inches from southeast Louisiana to southern Mississippi through Monday, with isolated amounts of 20 inches possible, the NHC said.In anticipation of the storm, airlines canceled all flights arriving to and leaving from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Sunday, the airport said.In Mississippi, at least 15 school districts and universities will be closed Monday, with the majority of schools announcing plans to resume classes on Tuesday, pending the weather forecast.Additionally, a dozen casinos along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast have shuttered ahead of the hurricane’s projected landfall. Most casinos closed either Saturday afternoon or by Saturday night and announced plans to reopen Tuesday.

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