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Hurricane Ida makes landfall as Category 4 storm

Hurricane Ida as of 6 a.m. Sunday. (National Weather Service)

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida has made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Sunday afternoon.


Identified as a very dangerous storm, it made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana early Sunday afternoon with winds at 150 mph—almost at the threshold of a Category 5 hurricane. It is tied as the fifth strongest hurricane to hit land in the U.S.


Locally, Central Texas will be getting some scattered thunderstorms as a Hazardous Weather Outlook went into effect early Sunday morning.

As the hurricane reaches land, it will travel east and should slow down reaching a tropical storm and then depression early this week.

In preparation for the storm, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday resources would be on standby, including rescue and sheltering crews.

While Texas doesn't look like it will need to evacuate people from the coast, evacuations have been underway in New Orleans. Previously, the city of Austin has taken hurricane evacuees at locations like the Austin Convention Center or Circuit of the Americas. No such plans have been announced yet.

The storm comes on the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, where thousands were evacuated from the coast to Austin.

This story will be updated as more information on evacuees becomes available. For the latest on Ida, visit the National Weather Service.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway