U.S. Gulf Coast residents flee Hurricane Ida

Airline passengers flooded to the Louis Armstrong International Airport in Louisiana hoping to leave the New Orleans area before Ida pummels the region, the local NBC news station said.

It said all flights arriving and departing the airport on Sunday (August 29) have now been canceled and cited local officials as saying more than 200 hundred flights were impacted.

The normally bustling French quarter of New Orleans appeared like a ghost town on Saturday night with most businesses already boarded up, NBC reported.

Forecasters said Ida could make a U.S. landfall on Sunday as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, generating winds of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), heavy downpours and a tidal surge that could plunge much of the Louisiana shoreline under several feet of water.

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