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Thursday, August 26, 2021

A tropical depression that formed Thursday morning over the Caribbean Sea has the potential to become a powerful hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico and strike the northern Gulf Coast by Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.



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...The depression is expected to become tropical storm Ida later Thursday or Friday. The Hurricane Center included unusually sobering wording for the first advisory on a storm, partly because the timing of landfall means there is only a few days for residents in the storm's potential path to prepare.

- - Forecasters warned of the increasing "risk of life-threatening storm surge, damaging winds, and heavy rainfall" along the northern Gulf Coast. ...

Small window of time to get prepared for those it may affect.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-26 01:58 PM | Reply

If the residents of the affected area (right now looking like the Louisiana coast) have to jam into storm shelters, this hurricane could not arrive at a worse time...

Current cone of possibility map...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-26 02:06 PM | Reply

The water in the Gulf of Mexico is quite warm, similar to the conditions before Katrina. The best that can be hoped is that this thing moves in speedy quick, because the slower it moves, the more energy it take in. A friend worked as a hospital administrator in New Orleans when Katrina visited, and his hospital lost many patients after the power went out and means for evacuation ceased. With hospitals now full from Corpus Christi to Ft. Myers, a big storm will act like the Grim Reaper for many, many Covid patients in the next week...

#3 | Posted by catdog at 2021-08-26 05:51 PM | Reply

#3 - the drop in thermal energy in the Gulf of Mexico due to a hurricane isn't even measurable. A slower moving hurricane in warm water intensifies. It doesn't consume that energy then weaken because there is no more.

#4 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-26 06:01 PM | Reply

At this point, the forecast is for Ida to be a Cat 2, 110mph winds, when it hits the Louisiana coast.

There is a concern it may reach a Cat 3 status due to the warm water in the Gulf.

#5 | Posted by lamplighter at 2021-08-26 06:46 PM | Reply

Well at least the hospitals have plenty of spare beds.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-26 06:52 PM | Reply

Can we nuke it?

~ The demented orange turd ~

#7 | Posted by Reinheitsgebot at 2021-08-26 08:27 PM | Reply

This would be an opportune moment to let The South know that we have granted their petition to secede from The United States of America.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-26 08:37 PM | Reply

Quick! Where's my Sharpie?!

#9 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-26 11:41 PM | Reply

Looks like a Cat 3, 115mph winds, when it hits the coast.

Charts and info:


#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-27 10:17 AM | Reply

This is why people in Louisiana can't have nice things.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-08-27 10:31 AM | Reply

Arriving in New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, almost to the day.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-27 03:27 PM | Reply

The latest forecast is now placing Ida at a Cat 4 level when it hits the Louisiana coast.

I have a bad feeling about this one....

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-27 05:16 PM | Reply

Bring it. I've still got a gig tonight on Frenchmen.


#14 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-08-27 05:23 PM | Reply

Looks like it arrives at the Louisiana coast Sunday afternoon, though the timing has been changing from model run to model run.

Current forecast: Cat 4, 140mph winds.

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-27 05:56 PM | Reply

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