Hurricane Ida grew fast and is posing a threat to Louisiana. The storm was a Category 4 and just shy of being a Category 5 at landfall. Where is the storm now? Read on to see live radar and maps of the storms.
Live Radar & Video Streams Reveal Ida’s Location
Live radar and maps can help you keep track of Hurricane Ida’s current location and where the storm is moving. The storm is expected to strengthen quickly as it passes over warm water in the Gulf and poses a serious threat to the Louisiana region, Accuweather reported. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency. The storm will make landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
This first live radar, embedded below, is from Windy.com. This radar is one of the most helpful for tracking Ida’s location live. You can press the + button on the right side of the map to zoom in more closely. You can also move the map ahead in time to see where the storm is forecast to be headed. Depending on your browser, you might need to click on the map and drag it to see Ida’s current location.
Google also has a live map tracking Ida’s location. Unfortunately, the map is not embeddable.
Another live storm tracker, from NowCoast at NOAA.gov, is here. While the map is not embeddable, it will provide live updates as the NOAA tracks the storm. It’s another good resource for tracking the storm in real-time.
You can also watch videos of live trackers. The video below, from NBC News, is tracking Ida’s location live.
WFAA is also providing live tracking coverage of Ida’s progress.
You can also watch live coverage on Fox’s Storm Watch, embedded below.
Ida’s Projected Path
As of 10 a.m. Central on Sunday, August 29, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided a map of Ida’s projected path, which you can see above or via the link here. At that time, Ida was located at 28.8 N, 90.0 W, about 60 miles west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 85 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center noted at 10 a.m.:
At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Ida was located by reconnaissance aircraft and NWS Doppler radar near latitude 28.8 North, longitude 90.0 West. Ida is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h). A slightly slower northwestward motion should continue through this evening. A turn toward the north should occur by Monday morning, followed by a slightly faster northeastward motion by Monday night and Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Ida will make landfall along the coast of southeastern Louisiana within the hurricane warning area within the next few hours. Ida is then forecast to move well inland over portions of Louisiana and western Mississippi Monday and Monday night, and move across the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday.
Reports from NOAA and Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated that the maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Ida is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some slight additional strengthening is still possible before Ida moves onshore along the Louisiana coast. Rapid weakening is expected after landfall.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km). An elevated NOAA C-MAN station at Southwest Pass recently reported a sustained wind of 105 mph (169 km/h) and a wind gust of 121 mph (194 km/h). A station in Shell Beach, Louisiana, recently reported a sustained wind of 44 mph (70 km/h) and a gust of 52 mph (83 km/h).
A NOAA National Ocean Service tide gauge in Shell Beach, Louisiana, recently reported a water level of 5.6 feet above mean higher high water, which is an approximation of inundation in that area.
The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is 933 mb (27.55 inches).