Find the latest information from the Thursday update at 10 p.m. here.
Tropical Storm Ida now has a name as it heads for the northern Gulf Coast.
The National Hurricane Center posted at 4:20 p.m.. that the depression had reached the force of a tropical storm with 40 mph winds and was called Ida.
This came after Air Force hurricane chasers that were launched from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi earlier in the day walked through the storm to determine the wind speed.
The first advisories will be issued for the Gulf Coast Thursday evening or Friday morning, the NHC said.
“The system is expected to approach the northern Gulf Coast at or near the intensity of major hurricanes on Sunday, where there is an increasing risk of a potentially fatal storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rain on Sunday and Monday, especially along the Louisiana coast, âthe report said.
A tropical storm has winds between 39 and 74 mph. A Category 1 has winds from 74 to 95 mph, Category 2 from 96 to 110 mph, and Category 3 from 111 to 129 mph.
Maximum winds near Ida’s Eye are expected to be 110 mph from the 4 p.m. NHC update.
Kevin Gilmore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New Orleans, told 3 p.m. video update that the storm is still forming and that there are a lot of variables involved.
Southern Mississippi could start to experience tropical storm force winds late Saturday through Sunday, depending on the storm’s track.
All preparations should be completed by Saturday night, Gilmore said.
The Sun Herald will continue to provide updates on the storm and preparations in southern Mississippi.
This story was originally published August 26, 2021 4:58 pm.