Hurricane Ida is now packing 100 mph sustained winds near the center. As of 1 p.m., the storm was about 290 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Ida was moving northwestward at 16 mph on a path expected to bring the now expected 130 mph, Category 4 system ashore near Morgan City, Louisiana. 

Hurricane Ida Cone

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for several parishes in southern Louisiana with a storm surge up to 15 feet to the east of where the eye makes landfall.

Hurricane Ida Peak Surge

Locally there has been little change in the expected effects. According to the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service these include:

Potential Local Impacts:

  • Strong surf and rip currents along Gulf facing beaches
  • Elevated tides of 2.8 to 3 feet above MLLW during times of high tide
  • Wave heights of 6 to 9 feet Sunday afternoon through Monday
  • Sustained winds of 15 to 20 knots with gusts up to 25 knots possible
Rip Currents

Currently tide levels are running more than 1 foot above expected levels with a gradual increase expected though tomorrow.

Fortunately, heavy rains are not expected to be a problem in Galveston County with amounts averaging less than an inch over the area.

48 Hour Day 1-2 QPF

Stan Blazyk is a life-long weather enthusiast, long-time Galveston resident and author of "A Century of Galveston Weather." He has written about weather for The Daily News for more than a decade.

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