Tropical Storm Ida to Move Across US This Week, Plus CA Wildfire Evacuations

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Ida has now been downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 60 mph and will continue to impact the US through Friday. Meanwhile, more evacuations for Lake Tahoe and California wildfires, and more weather news.

Tropical Storm Ida: continued havoc, power outages, 911 out

Ida made landfall on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane and the 5th-strongest hurricane to ever hit the US mainland with winds of 150 mph.

As of 4 AM CDT on Monday, the center of Ida was located near the southern Mississippi-eastern Louisiana border packing winds of 60 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, reported.

Ida has left over a million without power in Louisiana. The 911 system is not working in Orleans and Jefferson parishes due to power outages and some phone service providers are having difficulty sending calls to 911, WFTV 9 reported.

Louisiana’s Governor said first responders would not be dispatched until first light on Monday. Deputies will be patrolling in Jefferson Parish.

Ida will trek across US through Friday

Tropical storm Ida will cross the US through Friday curving a path from the South, into the Mid-South, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, Fox 26 reported.

Ida will move into southern Mississippi by 1 PM on Monday with winds of 35 mph.

By 1 AM on Tuesday Ida will reach northern Mississippi, then move across the Alabama-Tennessee border by 1 PM with winds of 30 mph.

By 1 AM on Wednesday Ida will downgrade to a post-tropical cyclone as it crosses over the Tennessee-Kentucky border, then into West Virginia by 1 PM.

On Thursday at 1 AM, Ida will be over the border of Virginia and Maryland moving into Delaware and New Jersey.

By 1 AM on Friday, Ida will be over the north Atlantic, but Northeast states will remain within its cone, as the storm will affect parts of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, southeastern in New Hampshire, and possibly Southern Maine.

More evacuations in Lake Tahoe area as California wildfire grows

The rapid advance of the two-week-old Caldor fire has forced more evacuations on the California side of Lake Tahoe. Officials ordered more evacuations around the Tahoe basin as fire threatened additional mountain towns surrounding Lake Tahoe, the Guardian reported.

“To put it in perspective, we’ve been seeing about a half-mile of movement on the fire’s perimeter each day for the last couple of weeks,” said Cal Fire division chief Erich Schwab. “And today this has already moved at 2.5 miles on us, with no sign that it’s starting to slow down.”

Across the state, over a dozen large fires are being battled by more than 15,200 firefighters. Across the US, nearly 90 large places are burning.

On Sunday, a new blaze, “the railroad fire,” closed a section of Interstate 15 for lanes in the Cajon Pass northeast of Los Angeles.