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Hurricane Ida to begin rapidly intensifying soon

The storm is expected to strengthen from a category 1 to category 3 by the end of Saturday
Hurricane Ida is forecast to strengthen from a Category 1 to Major Category 3 Hurricane Saturday
Hurricane Ida is forecast to strengthen from a Category 1 to Major Category 3 Hurricane Saturday(KBTX)
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 12:48 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2021 at 10:33 AM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - After Hurricane Ida made landfall in Western Cuba Friday evening, the Category 1 hurricane is headed for very deep, warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In the 10am update from the National Hurricane Center’s, the headlines were listed as: “Ida expected to begin rapidly intensifying soon” and “Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion today in the warning area along the Northern Gulf Coast.”

As of the Saturday 10am update from the National Hurricane Center:

LocationMaximum Sustained WindMovementMinimum Pressure
350 miles SSE of the Mouth of the Mississippi River | 435 miles SE of Houma, Louisiana85 mphNW at 16 mph984 mb

As the system continues to feed off of the warm mid-to-upper 80° waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Ida is forecasted to strengthen to major Category 4 hurricane status by Sunday.

  • A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for East of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Louisiana to the Mississippi / Alabama Border. It includes Vermillion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, and Lake Maurepas
  • A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Intracoastal City, Lousiana to the Mouth of the Pearl River. It includes Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metro New Orleans
  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Cameron, Louisiana to west of Intracoastal City, Louisana, along with the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama / Florida Border

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center of Ida and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

Dangerous storm surge up to 10-15′ in certain areas will be possible as Ida nears the Gulf Coast. Overtopping of local levees outside of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction system has been noted as possible in Louisiana. The deepest water is expected to occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location. The storm surge is likely to be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.

Rainfall amounts of 8″ to 16″, with localized 20″+ are expected to fall over portions of Southern Louisiana, including the New Orleans metro area.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin by late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin in the hurricane warning area along the northern Gulf coast Sunday.

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What was a tropical wave in the Atlantic officially developed into Tropical Depression Ten early Saturday morning.

Tropical Depression Ten is forecast to become Tropical Storm Julian in the Atlantic Sunday
Tropical Depression Ten is forecast to become Tropical Storm Julian in the Atlantic Sunday(KBTX)

As of the Saturday 10am update from the National Hurricane Center:

LocationMaximum Sustained WindsMovementMinimum Central Pressure
800 miles ESE of the Leeward Isalnds35 mphN at 8 mph1007 mb

Tropical Depression Ten is expected to remain over the open Atlantic well to the east of the Lesser Antilles. Forecasters note that some strengthening is likely throughout the day Saturday, and the depression could become Tropical Storm Julian by Sunday.

The next name up for grabs on the 2021 Hurricane Season List is Julian.
The next name up for grabs on the 2021 Hurricane Season List is Julian.(KBTX)

Impacts to the Brazos Valley from Hurricane Ida and Tropical Depression Ten are not expected at this time.

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