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Ida makes landfall in Louisiana as a category four hurricane

Storm surge, flooding rain, and high winds are possible for South Mississippi
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 10:14 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2021 at 1:40 PM CDT
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - At 11:55 AM Sunday, Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, LA as a category four hurricane. While the core of destructive winds and highest storm surge remains west of South Mississippi, the South Mississippi coast will still feel impacts in the form of storm surge, heavy flooding rains, and strong damaging wind gusts.

Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall in Louisiana
Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall in Louisiana(WLOX)

STORM SURGE: CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE MAP

Hurricane Ida is expected to bring significant storm surge to parts of the South Mississippi coast. With a projected track just west of South Mississippi, that will put much of the coast on the side of onshore flow, allowing water to pile along the coast. Hancock County could see surge up to 8-12 feet. Harrison County could see surge up to 5-8 feet. Jackson county could see up to 4-7 feet Sunday into the day Monday.

The Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map depicts the risk associated with coastal flooding from storm surge associated with tropical systems. Developed over the course of several years in consultation with social scientists, emergency managers, broadcast meteorologists, and others, this map shows:

  • Geographical areas where inundation from storm surge could occur
  • The heights, above ground, that water could reach in those areas

The geographic areas of possible storm surge flooding and the potential height of water above ground for a given storm are represented by different colors on the map based on water level.

Storm Surge Potential From Hurricane Ida
Storm Surge Potential From Hurricane Ida(WLOX)
National Hurricane Center potential storm surge due to Hurricane Ida.
National Hurricane Center potential storm surge due to Hurricane Ida.(NHC)

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS & POWER OUTAGES

Winds gusts will be strongest the closest to the eye of Hurricane Ida. Power outages, and...
Winds gusts will be strongest the closest to the eye of Hurricane Ida. Power outages, and downed trees will be possible with stronger rain bands. Quick spin-up tornadoes will be possible Sunday evening into Monday.(WLOX)
Wind Gust forecast
Wind Gust forecast(WLOX)

FLOODING RAIN

Potential Rainfall from Hurricane Ida
Potential Rainfall from Hurricane Ida(WLOX)

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