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Hurricane Ida update: Ida makes landfall in Louisiana as a major Cat. 4 storm

Right now, the forecast cone is centered on Louisiana and is expected to make landfall today.
Credit: KHOU

HOUSTON — Hurricane Ida has made landfall.  The storm strengthened overnight into a major Category 4 hurricane, which is what it remained as it moved over Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Official landfall time was 11:55 a.m.

The storm made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.  

Our sister station, WWL-TV in New Orleans is streaming coverage of the storm. You can watch that in the player below. 

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Hurricane Ida forecast cone and wind speeds as of 10 a.m. Sunday

Credit: KHOU
Credit: KHOU

National Hurricane Center messaging — 10 a.m. Saturday:

1. Extremely life-threatening storm surge inundation of 9 feet or greater above ground level is imminent somewhere within the area from Burns Point, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Overtopping of local levees outside of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System is possible where local inundation values may be higher.

2. Catastrophic wind damage will occur where the core of Ida moves onshore along the southeast coast of Louisiana in the next few hours. Hurricane-force winds and damaging wind gusts are expected today within the Hurricane Warning in southeastern Louisiana, including metropolitan New Orleans. 

3. Damaging winds, especially in gusts, will spread inland near the track of the center of Ida into southwestern Mississippi tonight and early Monday. These winds will likely lead to widespread tree damage and power outages.

4. Ida will continue to produce heavy rainfall today through Monday across the central Gulf Coast from southeast Louisiana, coastal Mississippi, and far southwestern Alabama, resulting in considerable to life-threatening flash and urban flooding and significant river flooding impacts. As Ida moves inland, significant flooding impacts are possible across portions of the Lower Mississippi, Tennessee Valley, Upper Ohio Valley, Central Appalachians and the Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday.

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