Hurricane Ida path, strength, projected landfall and more
Hurricane Ida is beginning to move onshore with maximum sustained winds still at 150 mph, according to the 11 a.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Center.
“Catastrophic storm surge and hurricane-force winds [are] moving onshore,” says the NHC, meaning the worst of the weather is beginning near the southeastern Louisiana coast.
The center of Hurricane Ida should make landfall in Southeast Louisiana in the next couple of hours, and the center will make its closest pass to New Orleans later this evening.
“Ida is an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some slight additional strengthening is still possible before Ida moves onshore along the Louisiana coast,” added the NHC.
The updated forecast is for the storm to have winds up to 150 mph at landfall, but regardless of category, it will still be very impactful.
Hurricane-force winds extend up to 50 miles from Ida’s center and the tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 150 miles outward. A recent wind gust from an elevated weather station at Southwest Pass has measured a 121 mph wind gust.
Storm surge is also beginning to increase rapidly as Ida nears the coast. Shell Beach, Louisiana is reporting a storm surge of about 5.8 feet above the normal high tide.