First Alert Weather: significant impacts from Ida Monday

Alert Day on Monday for Ida Impacts
Alert Day on Monday for Ida Impacts(WLBT)
Published: Aug. 29, 2021 at 4:34 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2021 at 10:13 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Hurricane Ida made landfall around noon today in southern Louisiana with 150mph sustained winds as a category 4. It will track toward us overnight tonight. Rain showers are possible this evening with steady, heavy rain and gusty winds overnight into Monday. Rainfall of several inches with winds up to 70mph are possible and tornadoes. Temperatures will stay in the 70s overnight and only rise to about 80 Monday. Ida will enter southwestern Mississippi as a category 1 hurricane overnight and move throughout the day northward across our area. It will weaken into a tropical storm. The worst weather will be found along the center track and all points eastward where 4 to 8 inches of rain are possible, with some locally heavier amounts. Expect better weather to return on Tuesday and for the rest of the week as seasonable temperatures return along with partly sunny skies and routine afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees.

Monday is an ALERT DAY. This is when our weather will be the roughest as the core of the system passes through. Significant impacts from Ida are expected around here in central MS. There is a good chance for flooding with 5-10″ of rainfall possible. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect across most of the area where winds over 39 MPH and up to 74 MPH are likely. These gusty winds can do damage and could cause power outages, especially in our far most southern counties. Tornadoes are also possible int tonight and throughout Monday. Overall, stay weather aware today and tomorrow.

Lingering showers and storms are possible on Tuesday, but our weather should begin to improve with Ida pulling away from the area. Chances for rain will decrease into late week with temperatures trending back up to the upper 80s and low 90s.

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