According to forecasters, SWLA could see up to 50-70 mph wind gusts late Sunday and early Monday morning from Hurricane Ida.

The storm is currently moving NW at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. The latest track has Ida landing somewhere close to Grand Isle and Morgan City. We haven't seen many variations from the predicted path of the storm and meteorologists feel very confident where the storm will land.

National Hurricane Center
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The Nation Hurricane Center is forecasting that the Louisiana coast will start to feel tropical storm-force winds late Saturday night.

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Ida models are now showing that the storm will be a strong Category 3 by landfall and most meteorologists aren't ruling out the possibility of Ida becoming a Category 4 storm before it impacts the Louisiana coast.

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Here's the National Weather Service Forecast for SWLA:

  • Saturday - Showers and thunderstorms. High near 90. Heat index values as high as 97. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • Saturday Night - A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Sunday - Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
  • Sunday Night - Hurricane conditions possible. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75.
  • Monday - Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Monday Night - A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

This week marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Laura impacting SWLA:

The Impact of Hurricane Laura on Lake Charles