This is a very powerful storm 16 years to the day since Katrina. I am 250 miles away in Florida and we have been getting hit hard by strong thunderstorms and gusty winds from the outer bands so I dread to imagine those at the center. This one could easily be worse than Katrina. Most people remember Katrina as Cat 5 but it had actually weakened to Cat 3 when it made landfall at Louisianna. Hurricane IDA is a Cat 4.