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Ida’s threats continue for the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Valley

tropical storm ida eye path


After slamming Louisiana as an intense Category 4 hurricane, Tropical Storm Ida is now lashing the central Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley, bringing with it flooding rains and damaging winds.

Key Highlights

Threats: Flooding, heavy rain, damaging winds, power outages

States affected: LA, AL, MS, TN, KY, WV

When: Monday, August 30 - Wednesday, September 1

Ida still wreaking havoc

A weakening Ida is still wreaking havoc as it moves inland. Mississippi is expected to be hit the hardest today with flooding rains, up to 12 inches in some areas, and gusty winds capable of knocking down trees and power lines. Tornadoes remain a threat across the state as well as in neighboring Alabama and Louisiana. The storm, which made landfall Sunday at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, has already caused devastating storm surge, coastal flooding, and destructive winds along the coast of southern Louisiana.


Ida still poses a significant threat to life and property even as it moves away from the coast. Flash flood watches extend from Mississippi through the mid-Atlantic. The storm will turn to the northeast Monday night into Tuesday, becoming a tropical depression, and bringing heavy rain across eastern Tennessee and Kentucky into West Virginia. The system will then move into the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday. As it tracks across the Appalachians, significant flooding may occur in areas that have recently been waterlogged by Fred and Henri. Impacts are expected as far north as southern New England before it moves back out to sea.

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