NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Ida has formed in the Caribbean and could become a major hurricane by the time it reaches the northern U.S. Gulf Coast over the next several days. The storm became a hurricane on Friday, and will undergo rapid intensification by the time it approaches the northern Gulf Coast.
- If you are inside levee protection system evacuation is voluntary.
- Mandatory evacuation in place now for areas outside of levee protection system: Jean Lafitte, Lower Lafitte, Crown Point & Grand Isle.
Mandatory starting at 5 AM Saturday
- For all residents, especially those in low-lying areas, mobile homes, and RV's
St. Charles Parish
- President Jewell has ordered a mandatory evacuation for all of St. Charles Parish
St. John Parish
- St. John Parish issues voluntary evacuation for all of St. John Parish.
- All areas outside of Levee protection system
- Any one who feels they would be safer elsewhere
Effective 3 p.m. Friday, mandatory evacuation will be ordered for the following areas:
- The entire East Bank of Plaquemines Parish
- West Bank of Plaquemines Parish from Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery to Venice.
- Parish-wide evacuation starts 6 AM on Saturday
- The parish has issued a recommended evacuations for residents
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.