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.
1155 AM CDT: #Ida made landfall as an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and a minimum central pressure of 930 mb (27.46 inches) https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/iHdKMGk0tq
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 29, 2021
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.