Category 4 Hurricane Ida, moving northwest at 11 mph, is slamming Louisiana with powerful winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge.
When measuring wind speed, Ida is one of the three most powerful hurricanes to strike Louisiana. Along with Ida, Laura in 2020 and the Last Island hurricane in 1856 also all clocked in at 150 mph.
A tornado watch is in effect in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and storm surge could top 8 feet along the Louisiana and Mississippi coast.
Ida will weaken through the night but will remain a dangerous hurricane, bringing rounds of very heavy rain and possibly flash flooding to the New Orleans area.
Louisiana and Mississippi could see 10 to 20 inches of rain in some areas.
The heavy rain and possible flash flooding will move inland Monday and Tuesday. Waverly, Tennessee, which was hit with deadly, catastrophic flooding last weekend, could see another 2 to 5 inches of rain late Monday into Tuesday.
-ABC News’ Dan Peck