Hurricane Ida track LIVE – 'Extremely dangerous' storm hits Gulf Coast TODAY with 140mph winds, downpours & tidal surge

AN "extremely dangerous" storm is expected to hit the Gulf Coast this weekend with 140mph winds, downpours, and a tidal surge.

Storm Ida could reach the United States with Category 4 strength after the storm made landfall in Cuba on Friday as a hurricane, according to reports.

The National Hurricane Center said this morning that Ida is expected to "rapidly intensify as it moves over the Southeastern and Central Gulf of Mexico" through Saturday night.

The storm, which forecasters suspect could make landfall in southeastern Louisiana on Sunday afternoon or evening, would likely create winds around 140mph, heavy rains, and a tidal surge.

Forecasts were aligned in predicting Ida will strengthen very quickly into a major hurricane before landfall in the area of the Mississippi River delta late Sunday or early Monday, experts said.

“Ida certainly has the potential to be very bad,” said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami.

“It will be moving quickly, so the trek across the Gulf from Cuba to Louisiana will only take 1.5 days.”

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Nora is also gaining strength and could hit the southwest coast of Mexico early next week.

Read our Tropical Storm Ida live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    'EXTREMELY LIFE-THREATENING SURGE'

    "There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along much of the Louisiana coast and the coast of Mississippi where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect," the National Hurrican Center said on Saturday.

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    STORM SURGE WARNING

    "There is a danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along much of the Louisiana coast and the coast of Mississippi where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect," the National Hurricane Center tweeted on Saturday.

    "Residents in these areas should follow any advice given by local officials."

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    'PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE'

    The National Hurricane Center took to Twitter on Saturday morning to warn about the tropical storm conditions which will likely arrive within the hurricane warning area on the Louisiana coast Sunday morning.

    "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion today #Ida," they warned.

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    HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED

    According to the NWS Weather Prediction Center, Ida will "likely produce heavy rainfall later Sunday into Monday across the central Gulf Coast, resulting in significant flash and river flooding."

    "Flooding impacts are possible across portions of the Lower Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys as #Ida moves inland @NWSWPC," the weather service said Saturday.

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    'IDA EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY INTENSIFY'

    On Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center tweeted a warning about Ida.

    It read: "Hurricane #Ida Advisory 8A: Ida Expected to Rapidly Intensify as it Moves Over the Southeastern and Central Gulf of Mexico Through Tonight."

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    HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

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    EMERGENCY ALERTS

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    MANDATORY EVACUATION

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    UNIVERSITIES CLOSE

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    MOST DANGEROUS SINCE KATRINA

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    'THE REAL DEAL'

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    STAYING PREPARED

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    STORM CURRENTLY NOT EXPECTED TO HIT TEXAS

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    ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA

    Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans 16 years ago on Sunday.

    Hurricane Ida could arrive on the devestating storm's anniversary.

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    FOURTH LOUISIANA HURRICANE IN FOUR YEARS

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    STORMS IN THE CENTER OF HURRICANE

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    AT LEAST CATEGORY 4

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    OTHER POSSIBLE EFFECTS

    Other possible effects of the hurricane after touchdown include Downed trees, widespread power outages and some structural damage."

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    WIND DAMAGE

    The NHC has predicted that "potentially devastating wind damage could occur where the core of Ida moves onshore."

    Ida is expected to make landfall in the Gulf Coast on Monday.

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    WATER LEVEL FORECAST

    The National Hurricane Center has predicted that water levels will rise four to six feet above normal tides.

    These are possible peaks along the Gulf Coast:

    • -Morgan City, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including Lake Borgne: 7 to 11 feet
    • -Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana, to Morgan City, Louisiana, including Vermilion Bay: 4 to 7 feet
    • -Ocean Springs, Mississippi, to the Mississippi-Alabama border: 4 to 7 feet
    • -Alabama coast including Mobile Bay: 3 to 5 feet
    • -Lake Pontchartrain: 4 to 6 feet
    • -Lake Maurepas: 3 to 5 feet
    • -Texas-Louisiana border to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana: 2 to 4 feet

    HOW MANY HURRICANES HAVE THERE BEEN IN 2021 SO FAR?

    Ida is the ninth storm in the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

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      WHEN IS HURRICANE SEASON?

      The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

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      ISLE OF YOUTH

      Ida touched down in Cuba on the Isle of Youth and is moving northeast at 15mph, according to the Weather Channel.

      Rain is hitting Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba with wind gusts up to 55mph.

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      TROPICAL STORM WATCH

      A tropical storm watch is in effect near the Alabama coast.

      This mean tropical storm conditions are expected in the next 48 hours.

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      STORM SURGE

      A storm surge watch is in effect from the Texas-Louisiana state line to the Alabama-Florida state line, including Vermilion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Mobile Bay.

      This means dangerous flooding is possible in the next 48 hours.

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