Hurricane Ida moving into Gulf of Mexico, expected to land in La. by weekend

This GOES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at 4:40 p.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Ida crossing western Cuba. Hurricane Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with far greater force over the weekend, prompting New Orleans’ mayor to order everyone outside the protection of the city’s levees to evacuate. (NOAA via AP)

This GOES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at 4:40 p.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Ida crossing western Cuba. Hurricane Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with far greater force over the weekend, prompting New Orleans’ mayor to order everyone outside the protection of the city’s levees to evacuate. (NOAA via AP)

This GOES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at 4:40 p.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Ida crossing western Cuba. Hurricane Ida struck Cuba on Friday and threatened to slam into Louisiana with far greater force over the weekend, prompting New Orleans’ mayor to order everyone outside the protection of the city’s levees to evacuate. (NOAA via AP)

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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.

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.

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