MIAMI, Fla. — Post-tropical cyclone Ida brings heavy rain and life-threatening flash flooding, the National Hurricane Center reported. Heavy rain and the threat of flooding from the storm will continue to spread through Wednesday.
According to the latest NHC update, Ida is about 35 miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The system is moving northeast at 25 mph.
Widespread moderate and major river flooding impacts are forecast from eastern West Virginia and western Maryland into southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, particularly in the Monongahela, Potomac, Susquehanna, Delaware, lower Hudson and Coastal Connecticut river basins.
Ida made landfall as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Sunday just before noon near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. The storm made a second landfall near southwest of Galliano, LA at 2 p.m.
Flood and Flash Flood Watches are in effect for portions of the central Appalachians, Mid-Atlantic, and into southern New York and New England.
According to the Associated Press, hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana face weeks without power due to Ida.