Storm Ida could slam into Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane | Live Science

Tropical storm Ida is gaining strength as it barrels through the Caribbean Sea and is expected to be a “dangerous major hurricane” when it slams into the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday (Aug. 29), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned Friday morning (Aug. 27).

The NHC defines a major hurricane as a Category 3 or higher, meaning Ida could reach maximum sustained winds of 111 mph (178.6 km/h) or greater by the time it reaches the Louisiana coast; Ida would be the fourth hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season. As of now, the storm is projected to hit Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds around 115 mph (185 km/h), Buzzfeed News reported.

Assuming Ida follows its projected path, the storm could hit on the 16th anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans in 2005.

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