October 20, 2021
Economy

Intensifying Hurricane Ida a significant threat to key infrastructure » Yale Climate Connections

After making landfall in western Cuba on Friday night as a category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds, Hurricane Ida is now in the Gulf of Mexico, headed northwest at 15 mph towards Louisiana. Ida was somewhat disorganized Saturday morning after its encounter with Cuba, but quickly reorganized Saturday afternoon and appears on track to strike a devastating blow to Louisiana Sunday as a major hurricane.

Track forecast for Ida 

There is little drama in the track forecast for Ida. A ridge of high pressure centered near the Southeast U.S. coast will keep Ida moving to the northwest at 10 to 15 mph for the next two days, and there is little doubt that central Louisiana will receive a direct strike on Sunday afternoon or evening. After landfall, Ida is expected to turn more to the north and slow down to a forward speed of 5-10 mph, resulting in an extended period of heavy…

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