...NOAA HURRICANE HUNTERS FIND IDA HAS CONTINUED TO STRENGTHEN...
...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE IDA EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL IN SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA LATER TODAY...
Hurricane Ida is a Category 4 MAJOR HURRICANE with winds of 145 mph. The barometric pressure continues to plummet measuring 946 mb.
At 4 a.m. CDT, the center of Hurricane Ida was located over the northern Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles (120 km) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 145 miles (230 km) southeast of Houma, Louisiana. Ida is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion should continue through tonight and early Monday, followed by a slower northward motion on Monday afternoon. A northeastward turn is forecast by Monday night. On the forecast track, the center of Ida will continue moving across the north-central Gulf of Mexico this morning, and make landfall along the coast of southeastern Louisiana within the hurricane warning area this afternoon or evening.
SUMMARY OF 500 AM CDT...1000 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 80 MI...130 KM SSE OF GRAND ISLE LOUISIANA
ABOUT 65 MI...100 KM S OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...145 MPH...230 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 315 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...946 MB...27.93 INCHES
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 10 continues to track northward over the open water several hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands. T.D. 10 is expected to drift northward over the next few days and not impact land. If T.D. 10 becomes a tropical storm, it will take the name of Julian.
Tropical Depression 11 recently formed over the middle Atlantic and is expected to become a tropical storm as it heads northeastward over open water through early next week.
There is also a tropical wave emerging off the western coast of Africa by the middle of next week that may develop and organize further.