Tropical Storm Ida strengthened into a hurricane on Friday as it approached the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center. Damaging, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall are expected on Sunday and Monday along the Louisiana coast.
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p class=”g-body “> Ida, the ninth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, formed on Thursday in the Caribbean Sea and was heading toward western Cuba, the center said.
Forecasters said that dangerous storm surges could reach 10 feet or more along some parts of the Louisiana coastline. Officials have ordered evacuations in some areas around New Orleans.
Ida is expected to bring eight to 16 inches of rain from southeast Louisiana to coastal Mississippi and Alabama through Monday morning.