“This will be a life-altering storm for those who aren’t prepared,” National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott said during a Friday news conference with Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards.

The governor urged residents to quickly prepare, saying: “By nightfall tomorrow night, you need to be where you intend to be to ride out the storm.”

Residents along Louisiana’s coast braced for Ida to arrive on the exact date Hurricane Katrina devastated a large swath of the Gulf Coast exactly 16 years earlier.

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