HOLT, Fla., Aug. 29, 2021—Hurricane Ida is forecast to make landfall along the southeast Louisiana coast early this afternoon.
Ida’s forecast wind strength is now projected at 155 mph, two miles per hour shy of becoming a category 5 storm.
The National Hurricane Center’s 7 a.m. update stated it was possible Ida could peak slightly above 155 mph before landfall.
A large storm, hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.
As Ida moves closer, impact will increase along the central Gulf coast, with excessive flooding rains likely and windy conditions as bands spiral in off the Gulf, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
The threat for tornadoes will increase today and a tornado watch is in effect until 7 p.m.
Impacts from Ida
Heavy rainfall will impact much of the forecast area Sunday morning through Tuesday morning.
Rainfall amounts of 3-to-5 inches are expected, with local accumulations up to 8 inches possible.
This is likely to result in flash, urban, small stream and river flooding over portions of the forecast area, according to the NWS.
A tornado watch has been issued until 7 p.m.
The tornado threat will begin to increase today across southeastern Mississippi, southwestern Alabama and portions of the western Florida Panhandle as the outer rain bands on the east and northeast side of Ida move into and across the area.
Areas of Escambia County have already had a tornado warning this morning, as have Grand Bay and Bayou La Batre, Miss.
This tornado threat will likely persist and expand across much of the region tonight into Monday, according to the NWS.
In addition, a wind advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. tomorrow.
Staff and National Weather Service Mobile forecast