Hurricane Ida reached southeast Louisiana on Sunday afternoon with catastrophic 150 mph winds and is expected to be a tropical storm nearing the Mississippi border by Monday morning.

The center of the life-threatening storm was about 60 miles south-southwest of New Orleans at about 1:30 p.m. CT and moved northwest at 13 mph with dangerous rainfall flooding the region.

There is an extreme wind warning in effect until 4:30 p.m. CT for the Louisiana towns of Houma, Laplace, Bayou Cane, the National Weather Service reported at 1:26 p.m CT. All three cities are located southwest of New Orleans.

Residents who did not evacuate the affected regions have been told to shelter in place. CNN reported that New Orleans emergency medical services had suspended all operations as Hurricane Ida made landfall and would resume operations for first-responders when conditions were safer.

At least nine fire departments suspended service. New Orleans sewage and pump stations have reported power outages. 

Before Hurricane Ida made its way to the region, President Joe Biden approved a federal emergency declaration for Louisiana and authorized 2,000 FEMA employees to the area.

"Hurricane Ida is a life-threatening storm. If you are in the storm’s path, please follow instructions from local officials," Vice President Kamala Harris posted on Twitter at 12:49 p.m. ET.

The hurricane comes on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005. Since Katrina, the federal government has bolstered the New Orleans area with $14.5 billion on levees and pumps that have protected the region from water damage.