FORECAST: Tracking Ida, tornado & flash flood risk

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WCNC Staff, Brad Panovich, Chris Mulcahy, Brittany Van Voorhees (WCNC), KJ Jacobs, Larry Sprinkle

12:41 PM EST March 6, 2019

5:38 PM EDT August 30, 2021


Relief is coming this week from the heat. Expect one more 90-degree day with highs in the mid 90s on Tuesday. A drop into the 80s on Wednesday through the weekend and less humid. Some areas will experience overnight lows during this period in the upper 50s.

But first, be on alert for severe weather as the remnants of Ida continue to move northward across the Carolinas. The once major hurricane made landfall Sunday afternoon in Louisiana, yet it will spread a lot of rain across the southeast. 

Right now, there’s a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Tuesday into Wednesday for several of our mountain counties and areas across western North Carolina. 1-2 inches of rain is possible for most areas and 2-4 inches for the mountains. In addition, there is an isolated tornado risk for Tuesday and Wednesday as possible heavy rain bands sweep across the Carolinas. 

Clouds will increase Tuesday with low rain chances during the first part of the day, but rain chances will ramp up late Tuesday with additional scattered showers and storms Wednesday. 

Ida is a much weaker system tonight as a tropical depression. Here’s a look at the forecast track as the remnants of Ida drag a tremendous amount of tropical moisture back in the mountains after the region was hard hit by Fred. 

Elsewhere in the tropics:

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Kate formed this morning with sustained winds of 40 mph.  This will not be a threat to the United States, as it tracks northward in the Atlantic Ocean.  Kate is approximately 1295 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving north at 10 mph.

A tropical wave near the west coast of Africa is expected to move over the Eastern Atlantic. It will likely become a tropical depression as it moves west-northwest around 10 to 15 mph. The next named storm will be Larry. 

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