Hurricane Ida entering Gulf of Mexico, expected to intensify

Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 11:50 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 10:46 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Hurricane Ida is entering the Gulf of Mexico Friday night and is forecast to rapidly intensify before reaching the northern Gulf Coast.

Meteorologists say Ida is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph and this general motion should continue until Ida reaches the northern Gulf coast on Sunday.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a slower northward motion is forecast after Ida moves inland.

On the forecast track, the center of Ida will move over the southeastern and central Gulf of Mexico during the next day or two and make landfall along the U.S. northern Gulf coast within the hurricane warning area by late Sunday,” NHC officials said.

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