Hurricane Ida Remnants Bring ‘Moderate’ Local Impact

STATE COLLEGE PA -Moderate weather consequences are expected Tuesday through Thursday (Aug. 31 to Sept. 2) in western Montgomery County and across southeastern Pennsylvania, State College-based AccuWeather said, following Hurricane Ida’s landfall Sunday (Aug. 29) at mid-day in Louisiana.

Parents sending students to local schools Monday may want to include an umbrella. There’s a 60-percent chance of rain sometime between 9 a.m. and midnight, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ added. Otherwise, Monday’s forecast calls for morning fog, day-long cloudiness, a high temperature near 87, and calm westerly winds of about 5 miles per hour.

Travelers across the Northeast were advised, though, to be prepared for delays from late Tuesday into Thursday, especially on area roads where heavy, tropical downpours could lead to reduced visibility and ponding. Residents also were warned keep a close eye on local streams and creeks, as they are likely to be the first to flood.

Ida first made landfall Sunday at 11:55 a.m. CDT as a Category 4 hurricane near Port Fourchon LA, and a second landfall around 2 p.m. CDT southwest of Galliano LA. Maximum sustained winds during the second landfall were 145 mph, AccuWeather said. As a powerful tropical cyclone it’s likely to hold together for awhile, pressing northward across the lower Mississippi River Valley.

AccuWeather meteorologists predict impacts from Ida will expand well inland from where the hurricane made landfall. Rain is forecast to become heavier and affect portions of the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. It might be hard to find the center of Ida by mid-week, but its transported tropical moisture could enhance rainfall from the Ohio Valley to the East Coast, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski reported.

Map graphic from AccuWeather Inc.