Ida will land as a major hurricane in Louisiana, forecast says

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Tropical Storm Ida is predicted to become a major hurricane when it makes landfall along the Louisiana or Mississippi coast. Southeast Louisiana could bear the brunt of the storm’s life-threatening winds and flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service. 

There’s a chance New Orleans could face winds greater than 110 mph during the most intense times of the storm, with widespread flash flooding also possible throughout the city. Meteorologists in New Orleans are urging residents throughout the southeast part of the state to start making preparations for the storm. 

Here’s the latest from the local weather service station: 

Prior to landfall, those along the immediate coast are bracing for alarming storm surge, which could reach up to 9 feet in many places. There is also a tornado threat, according to local meteorologists. 

The storm will take only days to strengthen into a major hurricane.

We’re currently in the peak of the hurricane season, an eight-week period where more, stronger storms tend to develop under warmer conditions. 

Chron is looking for anyone in Houston who is already organizing relief efforts to highlight their efforts. If you know of any, email or let me know on Twitter: @jayrjordan

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