As of 3pm this afternoon, Ida has weakened to a just-below-hurricane strength Tropical Storm, but is maintaining 70 mph wind in its inner core. The end is rapidly nearing for Ida though as it encounters a hostile environment and will be merging with a frontal system over the next 12-24 hours and becoming extratropical.
The Gulf coast, particularly from Mobile east to Pensacola, could see sustained tropical storm force wind overnight tonight and early tomorrow as the storm makes landfall shortly after midnight tonight in the Mobile area. Very heavy rain, as much as 6-8" in some areas, will result from this storm, as well as flooding from storm surge and the heavy rain. After landfall, the storm will slow and make a sharp eastward turn as it moves along the frontal system, so rains will continue over the Deep South for the next couple of days.
For the Memphis area, clouds will clear out Tuesday and, other than a steady 10-15 mph breeze, there will be no effects from Ida on the metro area. A great forecast is on tap for the rest of the week!
MemphisWeather.net will continue to cover the storm on the Tropical Weather page.
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