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Ida Moving Northwestward over Southeastern Louisiana

Posted on Aug. 29, 2021

National Weather Service: Catastrophic Storm Surge, Extreme Winds, and Flash Flooding Continues in Portions of Southeastern Louisiana

Forecast Information from the National Weather Service

LOCATION...29.5N 90.6W


The Hurricane Warning along the coast of Louisiana from Morgan
City to Intracoastal City has been changed to a Tropical Storm

The Tropical Storm Warning from Cameron to Intracoastal City
Louisiana has been discontinued.

The Storm Surge Warning west of Morgan City has been discontinued.


A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* Morgan City Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
* Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Mobile Bay

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Morgan City Louisiana to the Mouth of the Pearl River
* Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Intracoastal City Louisiana to west of Morgan City Louisiana
* Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama/Florida border

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline in
the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please
see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic,
available at  This is a life-threatening situation.
Persons located within these areas should take all necessary
actions to protect life and property from rising water and the
potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow
evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.

At 400 PM CDT (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Ida was located
near latitude 29.5 North, longitude 90.6 West. Ida is moving toward
the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h).  A turn toward the north
is expected overnight, followed by a slightly faster northeastward
motion by Monday night and Tuesday.  On the forecast track, the
center of Ida will move farther inland over southeastern Louisiana
tonight.  Ida is then forecast to move well inland over portions of
western Mississippi Monday and Monday night, and move across the
Tennessee Valley on Tuesday.

Doppler radar data indicate that the maximum sustained winds are
near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts.  Ida is an extremely
dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind
Scale.  Rapid weakening is expected during the next day or so,
however Ida is forecast to remain a hurricane through late tonight
and remain a tropical storm until Monday afternoon.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles
(240 km). A Weatherflow station near Dulac just reported sustained
winds of 93 mph (150 km/h) and a gust to 135 mph (217 km/h).  A
Florida Coastal Monitoring Program observing station at the South
Lafourche airport recently reported a sustained wind of 91 mph (146
km/h) and wind gust of 122 mph (196 km/h). A sustained wind of 51
mph (81 km/h) and a gust to 82 mph (131 km/h) was recently reported
at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans.  

The estimated minimum central pressure is 938 mb (27.70 inches).

Key messages for Ida can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT4, WMO header WTNT44 KNHC,
and on the web at

STORM SURGE:  The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.  The water could
reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated
areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...

Port Fourchon, LA to Mouth of the Mississippi River...12-16 ft
Morgan City, LA to Port Fourchon, LA...8-12 ft
Mouth of the Mississippi River to Bay St. Louis, MS including Lake
Borgne...8-12 ft
Bay St. Louis, MS to Ocean Springs, MS...5-8 ft
Lake Pontchartrain...5-8 ft
Ocean Springs, MS to MS/AL border...4-7 ft
Lake Maurepas...4-6 ft
MS/AL border to AL/FL border including Mobile Bay...3-5 ft
Intracoastal City, LA to Morgan City, LA including Vermilion
Bay...1-3 ft
AL/FL border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line including Pensacola
Bay...1-3 ft

Overtopping of local levees outside of the Hurricane and Storm
Damage Risk Reduction System is possible where local inundation
values may be higher than those shown above.

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to
the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be
accompanied by large and dangerous waves.  Surge-related flooding
depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and
can vary greatly over short distances.  For information specific to
your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather
Service forecast office.

WIND:  Catastrophic wind damage is likely near the core of Ida as
it moves inland over southeastern Louisiana through this evening.

Hurricane conditions will spread farther inland within the Hurricane
Warning area over southeastern Louisiana tonight. Tropical storm
conditions will also spread inland over portions of Louisiana
and Mississippi tonight and Monday.

RAINFALL:  Heavy rainfall from Ida will continue to impact the
southeast Louisiana coast, spreading northeast into the Lower
Mississippi Valley this evening into Monday.  Total rainfall
accumulations of 10 to 18 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 24
inches are possible across southeast Louisiana into far southern
Mississippi through Monday. This is likely to result in life-
threatening flash and urban flooding and significant river
flooding impacts.

Ida is forecast to turn to the northeast on Monday and track across
the Middle Tennessee Valley and Upper Ohio Valley through Wednesday,
producing the following rainfall totals:

Coastal Alabama to the far western Florida panhandle: 5 to 10 inches
with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches, today through Tuesday

Central Mississippi: 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of
12 inches, tonight through Monday night.

Middle Tennessee Valley, Upper Ohio Valley, Central Appalachians
into the Mid-Atlantic: 3 to 6 inches with isolated higher amounts,
Tuesday into Wednesday.

These rainfall totals will result in considerable flash flooding
along with widespread minor to isolated major riverine flooding from
the Lower Mississippi Valley into far western Alabama.

TORNADOES:  Tornadoes will be most likely through Monday over
southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southwest Alabama, and
the western Florida Panhandle.  A few tornadoes are also possible
farther north across much of Mississippi and Alabama on Monday.

SURF:  Swells will continue to affect the northern Gulf coast
through early Monday.  These swells are likely to cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult
products from your local weather office.

NWS Activities

  • The NWS Operations Center continues to provide reports and briefings for NWS leadership and is coordinating with the ROCs and federal partners.
  • NOAA Liaisons to FEMA Headquarters and National IMATs are providing numerous verbal and email briefings daily to their respective FEMA colleagues on the potential hazards.
    • N-IMAT Red and White are being deployed to assist FEMA Region 6 and travel to Baton Rouge for TC Ida.
  • The National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham participated in briefing calls with the FEMA Administrator and American Red Cross leadership to Members of Congress and their staff from Gulf-area states Saturday with plans for more on Sunday.
  • The National Hurricane Center Network Media Pool for Hurricane Ida will close down for good at 7 p.m. EDT this evening.
  • The National Hurricane Center/Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch is providing two live briefings a day to the U.S. Coast Guard District 8.
  • The Weather Prediction Center is joining the National Hurricane Center and the National Water Center in briefing FEMA Headquarters on the excessive rainfall threat through the weekend.
  • The Weather Prediction Center is conducting twice a day collaboration calls on heavy/excessive rainfall forecast with the National Water Center, SR-ROC and affected WFOs and RFCs.
  • The National Water Center coordinated the tropical Flood Hazard Outlook (FHO) with affected RFCs, WFOs, WPC, and SR-ROC.
  • The Aviation Weather Center National Aviation Meteorologists are sending special briefing packages to FAA leadership and partners.
  • WFOs Corpus Christi, Houston, Little Rock, Shreveport, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Morristown, Jackson, Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile, Atlanta, Tallahassee, Tampa Bay, Key West, West Gulf RFC, Southeast RFC, CWSUs Houston & Miami, and the NWS Liaison to USACE Mississippi Valley Division sent email briefings to their partners on the hazards associated with Major Hurricane Ida.
    • WFOs Shreveport and Lake Charles hosted Facebook Live sessions with partners about tropical impacts to Louisiana.
  • WFOs New Orleans, Huntsville, Jackson, Mobile, and Shreveport hosted webinars/conference calls with partners to discuss the latest on Major Hurricane Ida.
  • The SR ROC provided webinar briefings to US Coast Guard Atlantic Area and FEMA Region 6 leadership.
  • WFO New Orleans is leading or participating in the following briefings:
    • Twice daily webinars for local EMs (11a, 5p).
    • WCM deployed to NOLA EOC, and briefing the New Orleans Mayor and city emergency management group.
    • Daily UCG briefing for the Governor of LA.
    • Daily SE Louisiana Hurricane Task Force briefings (EM directors only).
    • Daily navigation restoration call for USACE.
    • Daily port coordination calls with USCG Sector New Orleans.