Ida Downgraded to a Tropical Depression, Impacts in the ArkLaMiss Ending Tonight
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Hurricane Ida made landfall before noon Sunday. Its maximum sustained winds were 150 MPH, just 7 MPH shy of category 5 status. It tied for the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana.
As of 3:45 PM Monday, Ida has been downgraded to a tropical depression. It has sustained winds near its center of 35 MPH. It is currently making its way slowly through western Mississippi. Gusty winds and periods of rain will remain likely throughout the rest of day, especially near the Mississippi River. Watch KNOE 8 News for the latest updates. You can also text IDA to 67283 for updates.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for West Carroll, East Carroll, and Madison parishes.
In the warning, we’re looking at the possibility of winds gusting 40 to 60 MPH at times.
For much of the rest of the region, a Wind Advisory is in effect until this evening. Wind gusts to 40 MPH can be expected.
Wind and off/on rain are expected to continue throughout the day. We expect final rainfall totals to be generally between a trace up to 2″. This may cause some minor flooding in some areas, but - for the most part - the soil should be able to hold it. As we get closer to this evening, Ida will be moving more northeast and this will leave only limited rain chances in our far northeastern parishes. Winds will continue to gust up to 25 MPH for the overnight hours
Widespread power outages exist across southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans. Power outages are much fewer and further between in the ArkLaMiss. Crews are ready to respond quickly and safely. For preparation tips and updates visit www.entergy.com/stormcenter
National Hurricane Center/AP:
The storm is one of the worst to hit Louisiana in recorded history. With a central pressure of 930 mb, the storm was more intense than Hurricane Laura (2020), which had a central pressure of 939 mb at landfall.
As always, we’ll keep you updated on the evolving conditions through the weekend here online and on TV. Don’t forget to download the KNOE Weather App for updates. In the meantime, you can check out our severe weather resources page for ideas on how to prepare for a possible storm.
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