Hurricane IDA 2021: Nearing Category 5 strength with 150mph winds

Hurricane Ida expected to slam into Louisiana as 'extremely dangerous major hurricane'

Hurricane IDA latest update news: Hurricane nearing category 5 strength with 150 mph winds as it nears Gulf Coast landfall.

Here’s the latest situation of Hurricane IDA:

Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana on Katrina anniversary

Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, shortly before 1 p.m. ET Sunday as an extremely dangerous, Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Ida, striking on the 16th anniversary of the historically devastating Hurricane Katrina, tied as the state’s most powerful storm ever with Laura from last year and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856.

Landfall is when the eye is halfway over the coast. Extreme winds and surge will accompany landfall over the next several hours.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday he expects Ida to be “a big challenge for us.”

Hurricane Ida nearing Category 5 strength with 150 mph winds

Hurricane Ida as of 6 a.m. has gained strength as it moves over the southern Gulf of Mexico Saturday.

Ida is moving northwest at 15 mph and has maximum sustained winds at 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A category 5 storm has winds of 155 mph.

The storm is currently moving over the Gulf of Mexico, where it could continue to strengthen as it moves toward the Louisiana coast.

On the current forecast track, all of Southeast Louisiana is in the cone with an expected landfall in south Louisiana sometime Sunday afternoon.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to Pearl River, Mississippi.

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‘Extremely dangerous’ Category 4 storm, to hit New Orleans on Katrina anniversary

The “extremely dangerous” hurricane’s maximum sustained winds have intensified to 150 mph, and it is expected to reach landfall late this morning or this afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

According to Fox Weather’s Janice Dean, only two hurricanes on record — since 1851 — have made landfall in Louisiana with sustained winds that strong: Last Island in 1856, and Hurricane Laura in 2020. Both of those hurricanes were 150 mph at landfall.

“We are currently tracking waterspouts over marine and marshy area,” National Weather Service New Orleans said.

New Orleans is more vulnerable to hurricane damage than most cities for two main reasons, according to the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. First, New Orleans’ elevation is about six feet below sea level; second, the area lacks wetlands and barrier islands, which serve as natural defense against storms.

Hurricane Ida strengthens into Category 4 storm

Hurricane Ida became a Category 4 storm early Sunday morning, rapidly intensifying to sustained winds of 145 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The storm is located 65 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, NHC forecasters said in a 6 am ET update, continuing its march northwest toward Louisiana and the Gulf Coast at 15 mph.

The hurricane has quickly increased in intensity since striking Cuba on Friday, threatening to be an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” when it makes its projected landfall along the Louisiana coast Sunday afternoon.

Ida gained 35 mph in sustained wind speed in just six hours, the NHC said.

“Ida is poised to strengthen further and based on recent satellite images it appears that strengthening is imminent,” the NHC said earlier.

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Thousands flee as category four storm bears down on Louisiana

Tens of thousands of people are fleeing the US state of Louisiana as Hurricane Ida closes in from the Gulf of Mexico.

Ida is now a category four hurricane, one below the highest level, with up to 140mph (225km/h) sustained winds.

It is expected to make landfall on Sunday evening, bringing a “life-threatening” storm surge. It could be stronger than Hurricane Katrina, which devastated much of New Orleans in 2005.

Traffic jams clogged motorways as residents heeded orders to evacuate.

The National Hurricane Center said “potentially catastrophic wind damage and flooding rainfall will impact portions of the northern Gulf coast beginning later this morning” (Sunday).

Governor John Bel Edwards warned the storm could be one of the biggest to hit the state in 150 years.

“Your window of time is closing,” he warned residents on Saturday.

“By the time you go to bed tonight you need to be where you intend to ride the storm out and you need to be as prepared as you can be, because weather will start to deteriorate very quickly tomorrow.”

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Hurricane Ida will be ‘strongest storm’ to hit Louisiana since 1850s

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards gave a dire warning for state residents to take all necessary precautions and prepare for the potentially catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Ida during a news conference around 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

Edwards said Hurricane Ida, which is forecast to intensify to a powerful Category 4 storm before making landfall along the state’s southeastern coast Sunday, Aug. 29, will be the strongest storm to hit anywhere in the state since the 1850s.

The governor said intense wind gusts of up to 110 mph could be felt all throughout southeast Louisiana, as far north as the Mississippi state line, and as far west as Lafayette.

He acknowledged Hurricane Ida will be making landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Flash flooding from Hurricane Ida throughout southeast Louisiana is a real concern, according to the governor.

He said eight to 16 inches of rainfall is expected Sunday through Tuesday, with the potential for higher totals locally.

Edwards also warned residents who were evacuating from coastal areas and New Orleans to go farther north than Baton Rouge and farther west than Lafayette.

Alabama declares state of emergency

The National Weather Service offices in Alabama continued to keep a close eye on Hurricane Ida early Sunday as it rapidly intensified while tracking toward landfall in Louisiana.

Ida strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency Saturday for much of Alabama and several school districts will be closed on Monday.

  • Flooding is already being reported in Mobile, the Alabama Weather Blog reported at 4:12 a.m. Sunday. “Moderate coastal flooding is occurring at Bayou La Batre with some roads becoming impassable. Flooding is occurring on the Mobile Causeway as well.”
  • Forecasters say Hurricane Ida has rapidly intensified with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, a Category 4 storm.

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Ida expected to slam into Louisiana as ‘extremely dangerous major hurricane’

Hurricane Ida is barreling across the Gulf of Mexico with maximum sustained winds of nearly 100 mph (155 km/h). Its eye is trained on Louisiana, where the swirling storm is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, Accuweather forecasters said Saturday afternoon (Aug. 28).

The storm would be the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2021 season to make landfall on U.S. soil, Accuweather reported.

As of 1 p.m. CDT (1 p.m. EDT), Ida was about 290 miles (470 kilometers) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 380 miles (610 km) southeast of Houma, Louisiana. The massive storm is moving in the northwest direction at about 16 mph (26 km/h). As it treks over the warm Gulf of Mexico, the Category 2 hurricane is expected to pick up even more energy before slamming into the Louisiana coast.

“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion today in the warning area along the northern Gulf Coast,” the National Hurricane Center said in a statement.

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