On Thursday morning, tropical depression nine formed just southwest of Jamaica. By Thursday afternoon, the tropical depression had strengthened into a tropical storm, taking the name Ida. On Friday afternoon, Ida became a hurricane over the northwestern Caribbean. By Sunday, Ida had strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane and made landfall around noon on the Louisiana coast.
The Latest Stats
Ida made landfall around 11:55 a.m. near Port Fourchon, Louisiana as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane. At the time of landfall, maximum sustained winds were up to 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
At last check, Ida was a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. Movement of the storm was very slow at just 9 mph.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The hurricane made landfall as a major Category 4 hurricane on the southeastern Louisiana coast
- The most extreme impacts from this tropical system will be across the Louisiana Gulf Coast, South Louisiana, and South Mississippi
Types of Tropical Systems
There are several types of tropical systems, or cyclones. Meteorologist Sarah Spivey explains below.