RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Hurricane Ida remains a powerful and dangerous Category 4 hurricane as it nears the Louisiana coast. Ida could cause “life-threatening storm surge, potentially catastrophic wind damage, and flooding rainfall” on Sunday, weather officials said. Landfall will occur within the next few hours.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, Hurricane Ida was about 85 miles south of New Orleans. Winds are holding at 150 mph, with Ida moving northwest at 13 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
Ida is expected to continue moving to the northwest through this evening with a slight slow down in speed. Ida should then turn toward the north early Monday. The NHC has Ida’s track turning toward the northeast Monday night and Tuesday.
According to the 11 a.m. advisory, Ida could still strengthen slightly before landfall.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles from the storm. Tropical-storm-force winds can reach as far as 150 miles from the center.