Category 4 Hurricane Ida Nearing Southeast Louisiana 150 MPH Winds

Category 4 Hurricane Ida Nearing Southeast Louisiana 150 MPH Winds

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Category 4 Hurricane Ida Nearing Southeast Louisiana 150 MPH Winds

When a hurricane reaches category 4 status it begins to take on the look of a buzz saw blade which is exactly what we are seeing on the satellite loops with Hurricane Ida. Rapid strengthening that began yesterday accelerated overnight and we now have a category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds. Ida is very close to a category 5 status. The pressure has dropped another 16 mb in the last 3 hours which is astounding.

…LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AND HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS REACHING
THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA…
…EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE IDA EXPECTED TO MAKE
LANDFALL IN SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS…

SUMMARY OF 700 AM CDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…28.5N 89.6W
ABOUT 50 MI…85 KM SW OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
ABOUT 100 MI…160 KM SE OF HOUMA LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…150 MPH…240 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…933 MB…27.55 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* East of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Louisiana to the
Alabama/Florida border
* Vermilion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas,
and Mobile Bay

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Intracoastal City Louisiana to the Mouth of the Pearl River
* Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Cameron Louisiana to west of Intracoastal City Louisiana
* Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama/Florida border

SATELLITE

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The well defined eye of Ida is in view of the regional radar and it is coming into full view of the New Orleans area radar. Bands of heavy rain and gusty winds are already north of New Orleans. The center has passed south of the mouth of the Mississippi River heading toward a landfall near or just southeast of Houma Louisiana.

WEATHER RADAR

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The core of Ida has now entered the shallow shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. Water temperatures here are near 90 degrees so it is not out of the question that Ida could strengthen further before landfall and reach category 5 status. Landfall will occur sometime this evening with the 8pm position right on the coast.

Once inland the emphasis will be on heavy rains that will spread northward from Louisiana into the Tennessee Valley and then to the Central Appalachians and finally the Northeast and Northern Mid Atlantic. Rainfall estimates of 15 inches or more from the Weather Prediction Center could verify if Ida slows down a bit.

Ultimately the remnant low becomes a frontal wave and we could see a soaking rain reach the Northeast and Northern Mid Atlantic states Wednesday on the order of 2 to 4 inches. Ida will be like a frontal wave in the late fall or winter time but heavy rain is heavy rain and the grounds remain saturated from the rains of Hurricane Henri a week ago and additional scattered thunderstorms this past week.

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