10:15 a.m. Sunday update:
Hurricane Ida is about 85 miles from New Orleans and 60 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 10 a.m. advisory.
The maximum sustained winds are still at 150 miles per hour, just below the threshold of 157 miles per hour for a Category 5 storm.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards told CNN on Sunday morning that the state is “as ready as we can be.”
“This is going to be a very serious test for our levee systems, especially in coastal Louisiana and for our people,” Edwards said. “And it comes at a time that, quite frankly, presents some very challenging difficulties for us with the hospitals being so full of COVID patients.”
Written by William Taylor Potter