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Category 2 Ida rapidly strengthening over the Gulf

The storm is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coastline as a major hurricane Sunday.
Published: Aug. 28, 2021 at 2:30 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2021 at 11:04 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Hurricane Ida is still forecasted to rapidly intensify ahead of landfall as it churns over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico Saturday night.

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

LocationMaximum Sustained WindMovementMinimum Pressure
~ 145 miles SSE of the Mouth of the Mississippi River | 285 miles SE of Houma, Louisiana105 mphNW at 16 mph964 mb

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center note that Ida is expected to strengthen rapidly over the next 12 to 18 hours and is forecasted to be an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” when it makes landfall along the Louisiana coast Sunday.

10pm Update from the National Hurricane Center
10pm Update from the National Hurricane Center(KBTX)
  • 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, Louisiana 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, Louisiana, along with the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama / Florida Border

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center of Ida and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 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.

A few tornadoes will also be a possibility Sunday and Monday across eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, parts of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

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. These conditions are forecasted to spread inland over parts of both Louisiana and Mississippi Sunday night and Monday.

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Two tropical waves in the Atlantic officially strengthened into tropical depressions Saturday.

Both Tropical Depression Ten and Tropical Depression Eleven officially formed in the Atlantic...
Both Tropical Depression Ten and Tropical Depression Eleven officially formed in the Atlantic Saturday(KBTX)

Tropical Depression Ten

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

LocationMaximum Sustained WindsMovementMinimum Central Pressure
785 miles E of the Leeward Islands35 mphN at 10 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 expected overnight Saturday and the depression could become a tropical storm Sunday.

10pm Update from the National Hurricane Center
10pm Update from the National Hurricane Center(KBTX)

Tropical Depression Eleven

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

LocationMaximum Sustained WindsMovementMinimum Central Pressure
~ 1,320 miles W of the Azores35 mphNE at 12 mph1010 mb

Tropical Depression Eleven is expected to move to the northeast over the next day or so, away from the United States. Forecasters note that gradual strengthening is expected through Sunday, and the depression could become a tropical storm overnight Saturday or Sunday.

10pm Update from the National Hurricane Center
10pm Update from the National Hurricane Center(KBTX)

The next two names up-for-grabs on the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season list are Julian and Kate.

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, Tropical Depression Ten, and Tropical Depression Eleven are not expected at this time.

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