HURRICANE Ida is rampaging towards the US and is expected to bring 130 mph winds and a life-threatening storm surge when it hits on Sunday.
As of 1pm on August 28, Ida upgraded to a Category 2 with 100mph sustained winds and is expected to make landfall in Louisiana as an “extremely dangerous major hurricane,” the National Weather Service said.
Ida could reach the US with Category 4 strength after the storm made landfall in Cuba on Friday as a hurricane, according to reports.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the hurricane will be one of the strongest storms to hit the state “since at least the 1850s.”
The National Hurricane Center said this morning that Ida is expected to “rapidly intensify as it moves over the Southeastern and Central Gulf of Mexico” through Saturday night.
The storm, which forecasters suspect could make landfall in southeastern Louisiana on Sunday afternoon or evening, would likely create winds around 140mph, heavy rains, and a tidal surge.
On Saturday, President Joe Biden warned people in the Louisiana area to “pay attention and be prepared” for what was “turning into a very, very dangerous storm.”
He later said: “We have deployed emergency response personnel and pre-positioned food, water, generators, and supplies to make sure we’re ready to respond.”
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Nora is also gaining strength and could hit the southwest coast of Mexico early next week.
Read our Tropical Storm Ida live blog for the latest news and updates…
STORM ‘CONTINUES TO GROW’
National Weather Service chief New Orleans meteorologist Benjamin Schott told USA Today Network that the storm will “continue to grow,” the Daily Advertiser reported.
He said: “It’s going over water that is very deep and will provide plenty of energy for it to continue to grow.
“You may think you know what to expect, but you’d probably be wrong.”
Schott warned that the state of Louisiana will be seeing “something very similar to Hurricane Laura,”
National Weather Service chief New Orleans meteorologist Benjamin Schott told USA Today Network the storm has no brakes as it roars toward Louisiana.
‘BRIEF TORNADOES POSSIBLE’
‘ONE OF STRONGEST STORMS TO HIT LOUISIANA’
Speaking at a Saturday afternoon news conference, Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards warned: “This will be one of the strongest storms to hit Louisiana since at least the 1850s.”
CENTRAL & SOUTH MISSISSIPPI HIT WITH TROPICAL STORM WARNING
PAST LOUISIANA HURRICANES
Almost a year ago on August 27, Louisiana was blasted by the Category 4 Hurricane Laura which whipped up 150mph winds.
Hurricane Katrina hit the state 16 years ago Sunday.
‘SOME ARES MAY BE UNINHABITBLE FOR WEEKS’
‘DANGER OF LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE’
The National Weather Service warned in a Saturday tweet: “There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation Sunday along the coasts of LA and MS within the Storm Surge Warning.
“Extremely life-threatening inundation of 9ft or greater above ground level is possible somewhere in the area from Morgan City, LA, to the coast of MS.”
2021 HURRICANE SEASON
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
As Tropical Depression Nine continues to form over the Caribbean Sea, many are wondering if it will become the fourth hurricane this season.
IDA EXPECTED TO BE ‘EXTREMELY DANGEROUS MAJOR HURRICANE’
BIDEN URGES ‘PAY ATTENTION AND BE PREPARED’
“And above all, I’m urging the people of the area to pay attention and be prepared,” Biden said during his Saturday news briefing.
“Pay attention and be prepared,” the president said, as he repeated his message to the people of Louisiana. “Have supplies for your household on hand. Follow the guidance from local authorities.”
‘NOW IS THE TIME TO LEAVE’
Speaking at a Saturday news conference New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said: “If you are voluntarily evacuating, now is the time to leave.
“If you are riding this out, you need to be prepared to hunker down.”
BIDEN SAYS IDA IS ‘TURNING INTO A VERY DANGEROUS STORM’
Biden said on Saturday: “Ida is turning into a very, very dangerous storm — I need not tell you.”
“It’s headed straight toward Louisiana,” Biden continued, as he noted that this weekend is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
He said the anniversary is a “stark reminder that we have to do everything we can to prepare the people in the region to make sure that we’re ready to respond.”
Biden confirmed that he’s already signed an emergency declaration for Louisiana.
SATELLITE IMAGERY OVER IDA
SATURDAY KEY MESSAGES FOR HURRICANE IDA
The first message states: “There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation Sunday along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi within the Storm Surge Warning area.
“Extremely life-threatening inundation of 9 feet or greater above ground level is possible somewhere within the area from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the coast of Mississippi.
“Overtopping of local levees outside of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System is possible where local inundation values may be higher.
“Interests throughout the warning are should follow any advice given by local officials.”
LIFESAVING PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
On Saturday, the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors took to Twitter to share four hurricane infographics with “really important messaging.”
STORM SURGE TIPS
The NWS urged people to “never drive through water-covered roads.”
“Storm surge can cause major damage to your home and pose a significant threat for drownings,” the National Weather Service tweeted on Saturday morning, “Listen to local officials and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”
TRACKING HURRICANE NORA
‘EXTREMELY LIFE-THREATENING SURGE’
“There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along much of the Louisiana coast and the coast of Mississippi where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect,” the National Hurrican Center said on Saturday.
STORM SURGE WARNING
“There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along much of the Louisiana coast and the coast of Mississippi where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect,” the National Hurricane Center tweeted on Saturday.
“Residents in these areas should follow any advice given by local officials.”
‘PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE’
The National Hurricane Center took to Twitter on Saturday morning to warn about the tropical storm conditions which will likely arrive within the hurricane warning area on the Louisiana coast Sunday morning.
“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion today #Ida,” they warned.
HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED
According to the NWS Weather Prediction Center, Ida will “likely produce heavy rainfall later Sunday into Monday across the central Gulf Coast, resulting in significant flash and river flooding.”
“Flooding impacts are possible across portions of the Lower Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys as #Ida moves inland @NWSWPC,” the weather service said Saturday.
‘IDA EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY INTENSIFY’
On Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center tweeted a warning about Ida.
It read: “Hurricane #Ida Advisory 8A: Ida Expected to Rapidly Intensify as it Moves Over the Southeastern and Central Gulf of Mexico Through Tonight.”
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