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LIVE COVERAGE | Ida now a tropical storm as it moves north into Mississippi

KTHV-TV Little Rock logo KTHV-TV Little Rock 8/25/2021 Jesse Hawila, Kyle Roberts, Kalee Dionne

Updated at 9 a.m. Monday with the latest advisory. Live stream coverage is provided in part by WFAA's sister station WWL in New Orleans.

Ida continues to weaken, but remains a tropical storm with peak wind speeds of 45mph. The center of the storm has moved into southern Mississippi.

Ida officially made landfall at 11:55 a.m. CDT Sunday near Port Fourchon, La., according to the National Hurricane Center. 

It was a Category 4 storm with max sustained winds around 150 mph, with gusts up to 160 mph. 

Official landfall occurs when the center of the eye passes over land. This ties Laura (2020) and Last Island (1856) for the strongest hurricane by wind speed to hit Louisiana. It is also the second strongest hurricane by pressure at 930 mb. Hurricane Katrina was at No. 1 with 920 mb.

There have only been 4 hurricanes on record in the U.S. since 1851 that have made landfall with 155 mph max winds before: Labor Day (1935), Camille (1969), Andrew (1992), and Michael (2019). All of those were Category 5 storms. 

Tropical Storm Ida

Ida was downgraded to a tropical storm early Monday morning. As of 7 a.m. Monday, the storm has peak wind speeds of 45 mph.

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In less than 24 hours, the storm went from a Category 4 with winds of 150 mph at landfall to a tropical storm with winds of 45 mph.

The storm will continue to weaken, in terms of wind speeds, the rest of the day likely becoming a tropical depression later Monday.

However, threats from the storm are not done. Heavy rain, flooding, and tropical tornadoes are all possible for parts of the southern and eastern U.S.

Watch details about Ida's impact below:

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What is Ida's path?

Ida will continue moving north through Mississippi Monday into Tuesday.

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The path will curve to the north and east, moving through parts of Alabama, Tennessee, the Virginias, and then the East Coast before moving back out into the Atlantic by late this week.

Threats the rest of the week from the storm will be heavy rain and flooding. In fact, Flash Flood Watches have been issued for most areas along the path of the storm.

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What does Ida mean for North Texas?

Not much.

Since North Texas will be well west of the storm, the wind and rain will stay away from our area.

Some spotty to scattered showers and storms are possible this week, but nothing more than that.

We'll continue to keep an eye on the storm and keep you informed!

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