Hurricane Ida, which became a Category 1 hurricane on Friday afternoon, strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. The final forecast track reaches Ida in southeastern Louisiana on Sunday afternoon/evening. Ida will be a tropical storm near the Mississippi border on Monday morning. The storm is expected to hit the same day 16 years ago as Category 3 Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Katrina triggered a chain of events that killed more than 1,800 people and caused more than $100 billion in damages in their wake.
Hurricane Ida category 4 wind speed
Strong winds and destructive storm surges are increasing along the southern coast of Louisiana. Ida is a major Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph, but is likely to gain strength over the next hour as it moves with warm waters off the Gulf of Mexico.
At 11 a.m., the storm was about 85 miles south of New Orleans, moving to the northwest at 13 mph. Winds have already reached 121 mph in southern Louisiana, while Shell Beach, Louisiana has gusts of 5.6 feet. Ida is likely to make landfall in the next few hours.