Tropical Storm Ida has been upgraded to a hurricane and is expected to bring “life-threatening storm surge inundation” to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama later this weekend. It is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the coast of Louisiana. Hurricane force winds are expected to begin Sunday with landfall occurring early Monday morning.
The National Hurricane Center says coastal areas and the Lower Mississippi Valley will experience considerable flash, urban, and riverine flooding. Hurricane-force winds are expected Sunday in portions of the Hurricane Warning area along the Louisiana coast, including metropolitan New Orleans, with potentially catastrophic wind damage possible where the core of Ida moves onshore.
Action items for radio operators:
- Top off fuel and batteries (in the expected impact areas)
- Ops check your equipment and review the Persistent Presence Net schedule and frequencies
- Stations in the region outside the impact areas, be prepared to monitor for emergency traffic and SITREPS/STATREPS from operators in the affected areas.
Along with other AmRRON operators, I will continue monitoring and tracking this storm through the weekend.