Hurricane Ida is forecast to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane as it draws closer to the northern Gulf Coast this weekend, where it will bring life-threatening storm surge, dangerous rainfall flooding, potentially catastrophic winds and tornadoes.
Ida is currently centered 440 miles southeast of New Orleans and is tracking northwest at just over 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 85 mph, making Ida a Category 1 hurricane.
Interests along the northern Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama should monitor Ida’s progress closely and finish hurricane preparations on Saturday. Follow the advice of local officials if you are ordered to evacuate.
Source: The Weather Channel