Tropical Storm Ida forecast to become major hurricane ahead of landfall on Gulf Coast

Tracking the Tropics

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The latest tropical cyclone is still on track to become a major hurricane before making a U.S. landfall late this weekend.

Ida continues to gain strength. The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center has Ida as a tropical storm with sustained winds at 65 mph. The storm is moving fast and northwest around 15 mph. 

Tropical storm Ida will move over western Cuba Friday night and then gain strength in the Gulf of Mexico as a major hurricane by Sunday. 

Ida is forecasted to make landfall in Louisiana sometime late Sunday into early Monday morning. Hurricane watches are in place from Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border. Rainfall amounts could reach over 10″ near the center of the storm.

Ida will quickly weaken and remnants will north and east. North Carolina should get some moisture from this system, but exactly how much and when is still up in the air. The best chance right now for scattered showers and storms will be Wednesday and Thursday.

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