Category 4 Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana

Ida will move inland Sunday night, across Mississippi Monday

The latest track for Hurricane Ida
The latest track for Hurricane Ida (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

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.

The latest stats for Hurricane Ida (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

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
  • Your KSAT Weather Authority team will update you on-air, online, on our KSAT Weather Authority App, and on our Hurricane Tracker App

Types of Tropical Systems

There are several types of tropical systems, or cyclones. Meteorologist Sarah Spivey explains below.

KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to describe the different types of tropical systems.
KSAT Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to describe the different types of tropical systems.

Stay Alert

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About the Authors:

Sarah Spivey is a San Antonio native who grew up watching KSAT long before she began to think about a career in television.

Kaiti Blake is a child weather-geek-turned-meteorologist. A member of the KSAT Weather Authority, Kaiti is a co-host of the Whatever the Weather video podcast. After graduating from Texas Tech University, Kaiti worked at WJTV 12 in Jackson, Mississippi and KTAB in Abilene.