Tropical Storm Ida barrels towards US with ‘life threatening’ NOAA warnings

Hurricane season: Expert says people living on coast MUST plan

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Hurricane season has churned out another storm in the US, with Ida forming in the Atlantic Ocean. The system is tracking northwest from the Gulf of Mexico and recently passed over the Cayman Islands. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued warnings as it wheels towards Cuba and eventually the coastal US.

According to the NOAA, Ida has made landfall as a hurricane on the Island of Youth, which sits off the western tip of Cuba.

The system touched down with maximum sustained winds topping 75mph, prompting the Cuban government to issue local warnings.

The warnings cover the Isle of Youth and nearby provinces of Artemisa and Pinar Del Rio.

The NOAA states “life-threatening” flash floods will continue to impact Jamaica and western Cuba.

Ida will gradually wind towards the US, bringing more life-threatening conditions to coastal states such as Louisiana and Mississippi this weekend.

Once it reaches the Gulf coast, by Sunday, according to NOAA, it will have become a “dangerous major hurricane”.

Risks from hurricane-force winds will only increase, especially along the Louisiana coastline around New Orleans.

The storm will produce heavy rainfall across the central Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to Mississippi and Alabama and the Lower Mississippi Valley, with “considerable” flooding.

The NOAA has asked people to follow local rules as risks from inundation climb to severe levels in the US.

The warning reads: “The risk of life-threatening storm surge inundation is increasing along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

“Inundation of 7 to 11 feet above ground level is possible within the area from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including Lake Borgne.

“Interests in these areas should follow any advice given by local officials.”

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The NOAA has released several warnings, watches and advisories for areas Ida will likely collide with this weekend.

Storm surge watch

  • Sabine pass to the Alabama/Florida border
  • Vermilion Bay
  • Lake Borgne
  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Lake Maurepas
  • Mobile Bay

Hurricane watch

  • Cameron
  • Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border
  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Lake Maurepas
  • Metropolitan New Orleans

Tropical storm warning

  • Little Cayman and Cayman Brac
  • Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque and Havana
  • The Mississippi/Alabama border to the Alabama/Florida border

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