UPDATED 4:30 PM PT – Friday, August 27, 2021
Storm Ida has strengthened into a hurricane ahead of its anticipated landfall in Louisiana this weekend. Reports on Friday warned Ida is expected to grow into a Category 2 hurricane before reaching the Pelican State on either Sunday or Monday.
Forecasts have predicted eight to 12 inches of rain with up to 15 inches in some areas. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) has already declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm’s landfall.
Ida has been described as the most serious weather threat of the 2021 hurricane season, with Edwards advising residents to get ready and heed local officials.
Now is the time for Louisianans to prepare for impacts from Tropical Storm Ida, which is expected to become a major hurricane. Louisiana is likely to start feeling effects this weekend, so get your game plan in place, monitor local news & heed local officials. #lagov #lawx pic.twitter.com/suNGIohqaJ
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) August 27, 2021
Some have pointed out the coincidence that Ida is set to land on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival in New Orleans. Meanwhile, oil prices jumped almost 1.5 percent on Friday ahead of possible supply disruptions, as the storm moves into the the Gulf of Mexico.