Hurricane Ida weakens to a tropical depression

Hurricane Ida weakens to a tropical depression as it moves through Mississippi

Ida has weakened to a tropical depression with sustained winds of 35 mph, according to the 5 p.m. ET advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Ida is now located about 20 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, with the heaviest rain falling across Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.  

A wide swath of three to five inches of rain will impact areas from the Deep South tonight through the Tennessee Valley, central Appalachians, and into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Thursday. 

Flash flood watches are in effect for more than 80 million people from Louisiana to Massachusetts.

Ida, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, battered Louisiana, with reports of downed power lines, levee failures and flooding, collapsed buildings, and residents trapped on rooftops. Nearly 1 million households are still without power.

Forecasters warned that flooding from storm surges will continue through Monday in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Flooding could also hit portions of the Tennessee and Ohio valleys and the Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Here’s what to know

  • Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said the death toll from Ida could rise “considerably” as search-and-rescue efforts get underway. The Louisiana State Police also warned that “the full extent of damage” was not clear yet.
  • Officials in Louisiana implored residents to take precautions Monday. In a tweet, Edwards told residents to “remain where you are.” The National Weather Service in New Orleans urged people to “be EXTREMELY safe today as weather hazards remain in effect.”
  • New Orleans’s 911 services were experiencing “technical difficulties,” and residents were instead being urged to seek help in person from first responders.

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