Latest updates: Tornado watch issued as Hurricane Ida approaches Category 5 strength

Written by on August 29, 2021

A twister watch has been issued for components of Louisiana, together with New Orleans, Hammond and Bogalusa, in addition to components of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, in accordance with the Nationwide Climate Service in New Orleans. The watch runs by 7 p.m.

The Climate Channel stated that Grand Isle was already seeing gusts of as much as 100 miles per hour. A meteorologist known as the intensifying hurricane “very regarding.”

Sustained winds are as much as 150 miles per hour, in accordance with the Nationwide Hurricane Middle. A Class 5 hurricane has sustained winds of 157 miles per hour.

The Nationwide Hurricane Middle stated in its 6 a.m. replace that Hurricane Ida’s most sustained winds have been as much as 150 miles per hour with stronger gusts.

The storm is about 75 miles from Grand Isle and round 60 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River.

5 a.m. Sunday replace: Hurricane Ida strengthens in a single day

Hurricane Ida confirmed indicators that it had quickly strengthened within the Gulf of Mexico in a single day and the storm might proceed to develop stronger earlier than it makes landfall Sunday afternoon, in accordance with the Nationwide Climate Service.

The Four a.m. Sunday replace from the NWS indicated the storm was about 145 miles southeast of Houma and transferring northwest at 16 mph.

A slight shift in Hurricane Ida’s monitor to the east on Saturday had forecasters involved about storm surge and rainfall in areas that may’t deal with heavy rain, significantly Barataria and Terrebonne bays.

Life-threatening wind might start alongside the Louisiana coast as early as Saturday evening “after which unfold inland to the New Orleans, Houma and Baton Rouge metro areas on Sunday,” the NWS forecast stated.

If Hurricane Ida’s path introduced intense rain over New Orleans, forecasters feared it might result in extraordinarily harmful flash flooding within the metro space

Hurricane Ida triggers New Orleans risk-reduction system

Gov. John Bel Edwards stated Saturday that Hurricane Ida was anticipated to power officers to activate the still-new $15 billion hurricane threat discount system in New Orleans for less than the second time. The system, constructed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was anticipated to be activated Sunday morning.

Edwards additionally detailed different rescue and restoration sources poised to answer Ida:

  • The Louisiana Nationwide Guard has staged rescue and restoration belongings all through the influence zone from Acadiana by southern Louisiana with 164 excessive water autos, 62 boats and 34 helicopters.
  • Greater than 4,000 Nationwide Guard women and men have boots on the bottom with 1,000 extra on the way in which.
  • 10,000 electrical energy linemen and girls are additionally staged in state with one other 10,000 out-of-state readily available when wanted.

Virtually all Gulf oil manufacturing shut down forward of Ida

Greater than 90% of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil manufacturing was shut down Saturday as Hurricane Ida churned by the western Gulf of Mexico towards an anticipated landfall Sunday night close to Morgan Metropolis.

About 85% of the Gulf’s pure fuel manufacturing had additionally been halted by noon, in accordance with the federal Bureau of Security and Environmental Enforcement.

Staff had been evacuated from half of the 560 manufacturing platforms within the Gulf, in accordance with the bureau.

IDA IMPACT: Virtually all Gulf oil manufacturing shuts down for Hurricane Ida. Will fuel costs be affected?

Will Ida influence fuel costs?

Hurricane Ida’s influence on fuel costs largely depends upon how severely the storm damages refineries within the space, analysts say.

Some numbers to contemplate:

  • About half of U.S. refinery capability can be positioned alongside the Gulf Coast, stretching roughly from New Orleans to Houston.
  • About 4.Four million barrels a day of refinery capability was within the storm’s path, principally in Louisiana, in accordance with Platts Analytics.
  • The amenities produce about 1.5 million barrels of gasoline a day, a fraction of the eight million barrels the U.S. consumed per day final yr.

“Hurricane Ida is anticipated to come back ashore alongside the identical path as different storms, which did intensive injury to USGC refining and petrochemical amenities,” Platts stated Saturday. “Many crops have been hardened in opposition to hurricanes, however disruptions in operations are nonetheless very possible as a result of flooding, energy outages and personnel dislocations.”

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