Summary: While Ida is now a tropical storm centered over the lower Mississippi Valley, it made landfall yesterday as a Category 4 Hurricane yesterday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. As the extremely dangerous Ida moves inland, its threats of flooding rainfall and isolated tornadoes will continue to spread from the South into parts of the East through midweek. Strong winds and storm-surge flooding will also linger near the northern Gulf Coast states on Monday as Ida winds down. Wide spread road closures are occurring across all of South Louisiana including I-10 and I-12. Motorists are advised not to travel, and transit will be delayed. Advisories: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
Tropical Storm Warning
Tropical-storm-force wind gusts continuing today from southeast Louisiana into southern and central Mississippi and southwest Alabama
- Additional downed trees
- Additional power outages
Water levels will continue to remain elevated today along the northern Gulf Coast.
Flood watches have been posted along the path of Ida from the northern Gulf Coast into the Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic.
- Central MS into far western AL
- 4 to 8 inches, up to 12 inches
- Through Monday night
- Coastal AL to the western FL Panhandle:
- 6 to 12 inches up to 15
- Through Tuesday morning
- Middle TN Valley to the OH Valley, central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic
- 3 to 6 inches
- Tuesday into Wednesday
The potential for a few tornadoes is expected throughout the week
- Northern Gulf Coast to south-central TN and western GA
- FL Panhandle to GA and the southern Appalachians
Ida tied two other hurricanes for the strongest landfall on record in the state of Louisiana based on maximum wind speeds. Ida also made landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall in 2005.
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