Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Storm Ida will move into the southern Gulf on Friday or Saturday. It is forecast to make landfall near the south-central or southeastern coast of Louisiana on Sunday – possibly the afternoon as a strong Category 2 (or stronger) hurricane. Always prepare for a category higher than forecast! All must prepare for hurricane-force and tropical storm-force winds, flooding rains, coastal flooding/storm surge, and even tornadoes. The magnitude and location of the impacts are based on the track of Ida. Hurricane Watches will likely be issued on Friday. Now is the time to prepare for a potential significant landfalling hurricane on Sunday for you, your family, and your pets.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, warm, and humid. A couple of showers will be possible, but most stay dry. Morning temperatures in the low and mid 70s.
Friday: Scattered to numerous showers and storms with highs near 89.
Saturday: Scattered to numerous showers and storms are expected with highs near 89. Rain chance is around 50-60%.
Sunday-Tuesday: If Ida takes its current path toward Louisiana, then we would likely start to feel tropical showers late Saturday/Sunday morning with winds picking up during the day. Heavy, flooding rains will be possible, as well as coastal flooding, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes. Again, we will need to know where it’s going to go before we can forecast the magnitude of impacts and where they will be.
Wednesday & Thursday: Scattered showers and storms with highs near 90.