LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Sunday Noon Update– At 11:55 AM, Sunday, August 29th, the National Hurricane Center confirms that Hurricane Ida made landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana near Port Fourchon as a powerful category four storm. Maximum sustained wind speeds were estimated to be 150 MPH.
This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation unfolding for our neighbors to the south of Arkansas.
PREVIOUS Sunday Update – As of 7 AM, Hurricane Ida continues to inch its way to landfall along the Louisiana bayou just south of New Orleans. The maximum sustained wind is now 150 MPH which is just shy of a category 5 hurricane status.
This is a powerful storm and will bring devastation to the areas of Louisiana.
Landfall is forecast to take place on Sunday afternoon, August 29th, 16 years to the day that Katrina made landfall.
One other thing to mention is that an impact on Arkansas weather looks likely but very limited. Rain and wind will be the main factors.
Let’s start with the wind as it will be the first element felt from Ida. Beginning Sunday night, sustained wind speeds will increase and will eventually, by Monday, range across the E 1/2 of the state from 15-30 MPH. The higher sustained wind values will mainly be observed across far southeast and eastern Arkansas.
Wind gusts will range from 35 to 45 MPH across the eastern third of the state on Monday, lasting through Tuesday morning. Again, the highest values will likely be observed across far eastern Arkansas near the Mississippi River.
Because of Arkansas residing on the western side of the core of Ida, we will deal with a sharp gradient when it comes to rainfall. Rain will begin moving in Monday morning. The highest values, just like the wind, will be measured along the counties that border the Mississippi River. Rainfall amounts taper off drastically the more west you go.
The majority of the state outside of the eastern third of Arkansas will measure less than half of an inch.
The Arkansas Storm is watching this system closely. Any subtle change to the track (more west or east) can adjust the rain amounts and wind observed. We will update this article with those changes when necessary.
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