Hurricane Ida path tracker: Deadly storm to reach Cat 4 before hitting New Orleans – MAP

Hurricane Ida intensifying over the gulf of Mexico

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Deadly Hurricane Ida is intensifying over the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to be a Category 4 storm by the time it makes landfall. Forecasters have warned residents along the central Gulf Coast that time is running out for them to prepare for the storm’s arrival.

A state of emergency has been declared by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards based on the potential impacts of Hurricane Ida.

Asking residents to pay close attention to the warnings Mr Edwards said: “Now is the time for people to finalize their emergency game plan, which should take into account the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

In New Orleans, Mayor Latoya Cantrell said there was no time for mandatory evacuations.

Urging residents to either seek shelter or evacuate voluntarily Ms Cantrell said: “Therefore, the city cannot issue a mandatory evacuation because we don’t have the time.”

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Ms Cantrell warned residents on Saturday: “If you’re going to leave you need to do that now.

“We need to make sure you are in a safe place.

“Everyone, whether you are going to leave voluntarily or stay on site, hunker down.”

She added anyone staying in New Orleans should “prepare for damaging wind, power outages, heavy rain, tornadoes”.

Ms Cantrell said: “What I am told is that this storm will not be weakening.”

So where is Hurricane Ida now? And when will it make landfall?

The latest advisory from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) puts Ida around 290 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and approximately 380 miles southeast of Houma, Louisiana.

Current wind speeds are recorded at 100mph (155kmh) which places Hurricane Ida as a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Path trackers are suggesting Hurricane Ida will make landfall on Sunday, August 29 – which marks a sombre milestone for the Gulf Coast.

Exactly 16 years ago on August 29 Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 storm twice along the Gulf Coast.

Now Hurricane Ida could hit as a Category 4 storm, with conditions ideal for strengthening according to forecasters.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said: “The atmospheric environment is expected to rapidly become more conducive for this system to organise and strengthen.”

NOAA has issued several hurricane warnings, storm surge warnings and storm surge watches across the area.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for

  • East of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border
  • Vermilion 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
  • Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans

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A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for

  • Mobile Bay

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for

  • Cameron Louisiana to west of Intracoastal City Louisiana
  • Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama/Florida border

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