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The National Hurricane Center
Life-threatening storm surges, heavy rainfall and hurricane-force winds are expected to hit the Louisiana shoreline on Sunday or early Monday. warned the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Ida swept toward the Gulf Coast and was set to hit Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane this weekend. The National Hurricane Center has also issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida borders.
State officials in Louisiana are warning residents to prepare for Ida to make landfall as a hurricane.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell warned residents Thursday to anticipate potentially serious consequences for the golf area. Governor Bel Edwards state of emergency issued before the coming of the storm.
“Now is the time for the people of Louisiana to prepare for the impact of Tropical Storm Ida, which is expected to become a major hurricane,” Bel Edwards said on Twitter on Thursday. He warned that the state is likely to start feeling Ida’s effects this weekend.
The storm is expected to bring precipitation amounts of 8 to 12 inches, with some areas receiving 15 inches of rain along the central Gulf coast, the National Hurricane Center said.
“Louisiana’s people have been tested time and again, and while I hope and pray that this storm will not destroy our state, we must be prepared to take the brunt of the severe weather,” Bel Edwards said.
Ida serves as the state’s most severe weather threat of the 2021 hurricane season. Last year was the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 30 named storms, four of which hit Louisiana, NOLA.com reports that.
Ida’s expected landfall also hits around the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest storm in US history.
Ida arrives in the US at the end of a summer of extreme weather…including deadly Tennessee floods and several wildfires on the west coast.