Hurricane Ida could slam into Louisiana just shy of Category 5

Hurricane Ida is currently lashing the coast of southeastern Louisiana with winds reaching 150 miles per hour (240 km/h) and deadly storm rise, as the Category 4 storm gets closer to landfall. 

The hurricane is anticipated to slam into southeastern Louisiana in the next couple of hours, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) stated


The storm would be the very first Atlantic hurricane of the 2021 season to make landfall on U.S. soil, Accuweather reported. And if Ida enhances even a little, its optimum sustained winds could reach Category 5 status, which is 156 miles per hour (251 km/h) on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

“Some additional strengthening is forecast, and Ida is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it makes landfall along the Louisiana coast,” the NHC stated in its early morning declaration.

As of 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT), Ida had to do with 50 miles (85 kilometers) southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Houma, Louisiana. The huge storm is relocating the northwest instructions at about 15 miles per hour (24 km/h). 

Related: The 20 costliest, most damaging typhoons to strike the United States 

The center of Ida is anticipated to make landfall late today or early this afternoon, prior to moving well inland over parts of Louisiana and western Mississippi on Monday (Aug. 30), the NHC stated.

“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 stated in a declaration on Saturday (Aug. 28). 

The NHC put out a hurricane caution for locations from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Mouth of the Pearl River, likewise in Louisiana, in addition to around Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Metropolitan New Orleans. 

Though New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell had actually required compulsory evacuations around the levee system there, the state guv, John Bel Edwards, in addition to the National Weather Service, stated there was no time at all to arrange such an evacuation, Accuweather reported. Instead, Cantrell is now encouraging locals to willingly leave or “hunker down,” according to Accuweather. 

Though high winds and heavy rains can damage storm-hit locations, storm rise is frequently the most unsafe part of a hurricane, forecasters have actually stated. If the peak storm rise accompanies high tide, the water in some locations could reach significant heights. If that does happen, anticipate a rise of 12 to 16 feet (3.7 to 4.9 meters) from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the mouth of the Mississippi River. From Morgan City, Louisiana, a Port Fourchon, rises could reach 8 to 12 feet (2.4 to 3.7 m) in height, the NHC stated. 

Read here for more information about how to get ready for prospective hurricane conditions. 

Originally released on Live Science.

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