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Hurricane tips for flooding, high water as Ida approaches Florida
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Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, bringing heavy rains, dangerous storm surge, flooding and other severe weather impacts.
The Category 1 storm is projected to strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane, in what is being described as a "life-altering" event.
Early Saturday morning, Ida was located over the Gulf of Mexico, about 510 miles southeast of New Orleans.
The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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The agency reported that Ida's hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.
Storm surge from 10 to 15 feet above ground is possible from Morgan City, La. to the Mouth of the Mississippi River and the hurricane center noted that there is the potential for overtopping of local levees outside of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System.
"The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline," the agency cautioned.
Even after Ida eventually passes through, hurricane season on the East Coast continues through Nov. 30, with its peak during August to October.