Hurricane Ida: How Far into Continental U.S. Could Storm Travel?

by Shelby Scott

Hurricane Ida rapidly approaches the United States Gulf Coast, currently identified as a Category 4 hurricane. News outlets insist that she is just minimal miles from achieving a Category 5 title. The hurricane hasn’t made landfall yet.

However, Ida is already bringing rapidly rising floodwaters and storm surges along Louisiana‘s coast and wreaking flood havoc over Dauphin Island. Prefaced by destructive wind, rain, and surges, there’s no doubt Hurricane Ida may travel even further inland and up the United States East Coast.

According to The Weather Channel‘s Felicia Combs, “the impacts [from Hurricane Ida] are going to be farreaching.”

Additionally, the effects of Hurricane Ida will be “felt far outside of the cone.”

Overall, this means U.S. citizens outside the path of Hurricane Ida should prepare for potential damages within their area regardless.

She goes on to say, “[Hurricane Ida] doesn’t stop there guys.” She explained that heavy rainfall along the eastern coast is imminent. Areas throughout Tennessee that experienced “catastrophic” flooding earlier last week should expect even more rain as Hurricane Ida moves farther inland.

Following that, areas of the northeast already suffered damages from the most recent hurricane to hit the area, Henri. Nevertheless, those same areas will also experience impacts resulting from Hurricane Ida.

Meteorologists Emphasize Imminent Dangers Ahead of Cat-4 Hurricane

Hurricane Ida’s rapid approach, strong winds, and resultant storm surges all indicate the very real possibility of growing from a Cat-4 to a Cat-5 hurricane. Currently, the hurricane is traveling fast and steady, bringing with it winds reaching 150 miles per hour. Should she reach 157 miles per hour, which is a very real possibility, meteorologists will upgrade Ida from a Cat-4 to a Cat-5.

Earlier this morning, the National Weather Service based out of New Orleans emphasized extreme danger imminent among Ida’s approach. They shared a Tweet featuring both the storm’s overwhelming size and rapid approach. The outlet wrote, “As meteorologists at the National Weather Service Slidell office, we can’t bear to see this on the satellite…Take all messages we, public officials, and broadcast media are saying SERIOUSLY.”

National Weather Service officials are right to be concerned as Hurricane Ida draws nearer. Comparatively, to the devastating Hurricane Katrina that ravaged the southern states in 2005, Ida, potentially poses even greater danger. Katrina concluded as a Cat-3 hurricane and still resulted in 1,800 fatalities and caused damage surpassing $100 billion.

The Lousiana Coast Braces for Hurricane Ida’s Impact

Based on conclusive reports from various news and media outlets, Hurricane Ida should make landfall either later this afternoon or early this evening. Additionally, the hurricane plans to bombard the southern state on the 16th anniversary of the arrival of Hurricane Katrina.

According to the National Hurricane Center, “Ida is poised to strengthen further and based on recent satellite images it appears that strengthening is imminent.”

NBC’s Jennifer McNatt further stated, “Everybody in the path of Ida should be prepared for very heavy rainfall.”

Currently, and based on numerous reports, it appears Hurricane Ida does not plan to make her entrance quietly.