The rating means “catastrophic damage will occur”, with the possibility for “well-built framed homes” sustaining “severe damage” as trees fall and power poles are struck down.
BBC News reports that one person has died after a tree hit their home in Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge.
In a statement on Sunday, US President Joe Biden described the storm as “life-threatening”, adding that “we shouldn’t kid ourselves”.
“This is going to be … a devastating hurricane, a life-threatening storm. So, please, all you folks in Mississippi - and in Louisiana, Mississippi, and, God knows, maybe even further east - take precautions.
“Listen. Take it seriously — really, very seriously,” he said.
Given the very real threat of Hurricane Ida, people were concerned to see Roker out there braving the storm to report on it:
Al Roker is almost 70 years old, why is this necessary https://t.co/mXw6VaQXzp