NBC star Al Roker is filmed being drenched by waves as he reports on Hurricane Ida

Windswept Al Roker was ravaged by raging waves along Lake Pontchartain when he and the TODAY team reported live from New Orleans just hours before record-breaking Hurricane Ida made landfall this afternoon.

The 67-year-old meteorologist’s images revealed the immense power of the Category 4 hurricane that swept into the Gulf of Mexico from Cuba on Friday, prompting tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

The strength of the 150mph wind, which came ashore around noon local time on Sunday, became apparent as Roker’s raincoat and trousers fluttered around him and churning waves crashed onto his head.

Behind-the-scenes footage of the weather conditions that Roker shared on Instagram early Sunday morning gave an even clearer picture of the storm’s severity.

“We just learned that this will most likely be one of the five strongest landfalls ever,” said weatherman Al Roker in a broadcast aired from New Orleans around 7 a.m. EST this morning.

Roker was barely visible as a huge wave crashed over him - but later reassured viewers that he had done nothing to jeopardize his personal safety

Roker was barely visible as a huge wave crashed over him – but later reassured viewers that he had done nothing to jeopardize his personal safety

“We just learned that this will most likely be one of the five strongest landfalls ever,” Roker shouted in a broadcast that aired before 7 a.m. EST this morning.

“It’s a beast and it’s only getting stronger,” he said.

He said Ida was “already linked” to 2020’s Hurricane Laura, the current strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the state of Louisiana and “blew.” [Hurricane] Velma out of the water.’ Today’s storm made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, just before 2 p.m.

Roker said this morning that the storm accelerated 65 MPH within 24 hours and that 250 mph winds from the weather system were moving toward the coast at 25 mph.

More than 20 inches of rain could fall on “already saturated ground” before the storm blows over – the weatherman predicted widespread power outages, potentially impassable roads and “significant damage.”

“This is going to be a devastating storm tonight,” he said.

He described the hurricane’s eyewall, the most damaging part of a hurricane just outside the center, as “basically a 15-mile wide F3 tornado” in another segment shot that day, in which the waves are even stronger.

Instagram footage shot from behind Roker’s film crew shows the newscaster being hit by waves as plastic protecting the crew’s camera, lights and equipment flaps loudly and quickly in the winds of the storms.

“It’s a wild morning here in #neworleans along #lakepontchartrain as we wait for #ida, which will most likely be a #top5 strongest landfall US #hurricane,” he captioned the message.

TODAY, co-anchor Hoda Kotb posted a photo to her Instagram that appears to have been taken around the same time as Roker’s video, which shows him in knee-deep water with a dark sky behind him.

TODAY, co-anchor Hoda Kotb posted a photo to her Instagram that appears to have been taken around the same time as Roker's video, which shows him in knee-deep water with a dark sky behind him.

TODAY, co-anchor Hoda Kotb posted a photo to her Instagram that appears to have been taken around the same time as Roker’s video, which shows him in knee-deep water with a dark sky behind him.

“Be safe friend xoxo,” she wrote.

Instagram users were quick to voice concerns for the beloved weatherman’s safety, prompting him to post another Instagram video from his hotel room. He films his feet as he takes off thick rubber boots in a bathtub and water flows out.

Instagram users were quick to voice concerns for the beloved weatherman's safety, prompting him to post another Instagram video from his hotel room.  He films his feet as he takes off thick rubber boots in a bathtub and water flows out.

Instagram users were quick to voice concerns for the beloved weatherman’s safety, prompting him to post another Instagram video from his hotel room. He films his feet as he takes off thick rubber boots in a bathtub and water flows out.

Roker also shared these images to show how fierce Storm Ida would get

Roker also shared these images showing how severe Storm Ida would get

“I just got back from Hurricane Ida in heavy boots and brought a little piece of Lake Ponchartrain,” he can be heard saying.

“For anyone concerned about me on #lakepontchartrain: a) I volunteered to do this. Part of the job. b) My crew and I were safe and we are back at our hotel and c) for those who think I’m too old to do this, try to keep up,” he captioned the video.

If Hurricane Ida reaches wind speeds of more than 157 MPH, its designation will be upgraded to Category 5 — only four storms have ever reached this level of severity in the last century, according to NBC News.

On Monday, the storm is expected to grind inland over Louisiana and Mississippi and weaken quickly when it makes landfall. Tornadoes are possible between Sunday and Monday from southeast Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle.

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