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- As of 10 pm CT, Hurricane Watches and Storm Surge Watches are in effect along much of the LA and MS coast
As of Thursday evening, a Tropical Storm Ida was 100 miles west of Negril Jamaica, moving to the northwest at 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph. Ida could strengthen into a significant hurricane over the next two days.
The forecast models now show Ida most likely making landfall on the central or eastern LA coast. This puts much of Louisiana, including New Orleans, along with the MS coast at risk for a major hurricane on Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. And yes, this is 16 years to the day from when Katrina made landfall in the same area.
If I was planning an RV trip to southeastern LA or the MS coast this weekend or Monday I would not go. If I am already RV’ing in that area I would make sure I had a full load of fuel in my vehicle, full fresh water and propane, and empty black and gray tanks. I would plan on being told to leave from the coastal areas on either Friday or Saturday. As Ida is likely to be a major storm, there will almost certainly be a full-scale evacuation ordered for some portion of the LA and/or MS coasts. Plan on your route north taking many more hours than normal.
As always, please monitor the National Hurricane Center forecasts, either directly from their website, through local TV stations, or reputable, established weather websites. Also be alert for any evacuation orders or other guidance issued by your local emergency management officials and please follow their orders.