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As Hurricane Ida approaches Louisiana, all flights to and from New Orleans have been canceled.
Ida grew into a Category 4 storm overnight, and wind strength is reaching more than 150 mph; winds over 157 mph fall into Category 5, according to the National Hurricane Center.
HURRICANE IDEA, ‘EXTREMELY DANGEROUS’ CATEGORY 4 STORM, TO HIT NEW ORLEANS ON KATRINA ANNIVERSARY
"The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is prepared for impacts from Hurricane Ida. All flights scheduled for Sunday, August 29 have been cancelled," airport spokesperson Erin Burns told FOX Business. "Airport staff is currently onsite monitoring the facilities and will address any damage throughout the hurricane event so that airlines can resume flights once it is safe to do so."
Burns added that 40 flights were canceled on Saturday, 226 flights were canceled on Sunday, and "there are 173 reported cancellations for Monday, Aug. 30."
HURRICANE IDA STORM SURGE COULD BRING ‘UTTER DEVASTATION' TO OUTLYING AREAS: REPORT
The Gulf Transportation Security Administration tweeted Saturday that evacuations were creating long airport security lines as people fled the area.