Ida weakens to tropical storm, leaves trail of destruction in Louisiana

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(KXAN) — Ida has made landfall twice in Louisiana, both times as a major Category 4 hurricane.

Initial landfall was at 11:55 a.m. Central Time near Port Fourchon as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. The storm then briefly went back over water before returning to land.

Second landfall was made in Galliano, Louisiana at 2 p.m. Central Time as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph.

Ida has continued gradually weakening and became a Category 1 hurricane overnight Sunday.

The storm will continue to gradually weaken as it’s now over land, but will still bring dangerous winds, storm surge and heavy rain to Louisiana and beyond.

Significant rainfall is also expected with inland flooding also a concern.

Louisiana was affected by five tropical systems in 2020, two of them being major (category 3+) hurricanes, and many coastal communities on the southwest coastline are still rebuilding after Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta.

Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are running a few degrees above normal for this time of year, as hot as 88-89 degrees near the Louisiana coastline. Those warm waters act as hurricane fuel when a storm passes over them.

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