Storm Ida could slam into Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane

Tropical storm Ida is gaining energy as it barrels by way of the Caribbean Sea and is predicted to be a “dangerous major hurricane” when it slams into the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday (Aug. 29), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned Friday morning (Aug. 27).

The NHC defines a main hurricane as a Category 3 or increased, which means Ida could attain most sustained winds of 111 mph (178.6 km/h) or better by the point it reaches the Louisiana coast; Ida could be the fourth hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season. As of now, the storm is projected to hit Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane with most sustained winds round 115 mph (185 km/h), Buzzfeed News reported

Assuming Ida follows its projected path, the storm could hit on the sixteenth anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina made landfall close to New Orleans in 2005.

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A hurricane watch is now in impact between Cameron, Louisiana and the Mississippi-Alabama border, as nicely as the Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans areas, the NHC announced. And as Ida attracts close to, life-threatening storm surges could happen from the Sabine Pass, on the border of Texas and Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border. Vermilion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Mobile Bay are additionally below storm surge watches. 

If peak storm surges coincide with excessive tide, the surges could attain as excessive as 11 ft (3.3 meters) above floor degree within the area between Morgan City, Louisiana and Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 

Tropical-storm-force winds at present prolong as much as 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the middle of the approaching cyclone. Once Ida hits the U.S., tropical storm circumstances could doubtlessly happen wherever between the Mississippi-Alabama border and the Alabama-Florida border, the NHC acknowledged. 

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The storm could deliver an estimated 8 to 16 inches (20 to 41 centimeters) of rainfall to areas between southeast Louisiana to coastal Mississippi and Alabama, with remoted areas getting as much as 20 inches (51 cm) of rain. Heavy rains are anticipated to final by way of Monday morning (Aug. 30). As the storm strikes inland, it could result in 4 to eight inches (10 to twenty cm) of rain to southern and central Mississippi. 

“This is likely to result in considerable flash, urban, small stream and riverine flooding,” in keeping with the NHC.

Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana declared a state of emergency on Thursday (Aug. 26), urging the states’ residents to prepare for the approaching storm.

(*3*) Edwards mentioned in a assertion. “Now is the time for people to finalize their emergency game plan, which should take into account the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

“By Saturday evening, everyone should be in the location where they intend to ride out the storm,” he mentioned.

Read here to learn more about how to prepare for potential hurricane conditions. 

Originally revealed on Live Science.

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