Hurricane Ida is poised to make landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi on Sunday.
On the cusp of being categorized as a major hurricane (sustained winds over 110 mph), Ida is expected to cause catastrophic damage to a portion of the Gulf coast and the city of New Orleans as it slams ashore.
But in a few days, Ida is expected to have a major impact on the weather here in Schuylkill County, too.
2-5 Inches of Rain Expected in Schuylkill County from Hurricane Ida
The National Weather Service puts Ida on a path that should cross just south of us here. And that could result in heavy rainfall. That could present flooding risks to much of the area, which has been inundated with strong rainstorms over the last 10 days.
More than 3 inches of rain fell in parts of southern Schuylkill County and a tornado touched down in Valley View, in the western part of the county, when remnants of Hurricane Fred made their way here.
Last week, outer bands of rain from Hurricane Henri dropped about an inch of rain over much of Schuylkill County.
Right now, Schuylkill County could get anywhere between 2-5 inches of rain from Ida. The rain is forecast to begin as early as late-Tuesday but be at its heaviest through the day Wednesday. Rain showers from Ida are expected to let up some time on Thursday morning.
Areas in southern Schuylkill County would likely get the most rain from Hurricane Ida’s remnants when the storm gets here.
Remember, we’re talking about the weather on Wednesday and it’s only Sunday so this forecast is likely to change a few times before Ida reaches us here.
But in the meantime, take a look at the NWS Rainfall Forecast over the next 5 days. This image was produced just after midnight on early Sunday morning.
We’ll be following Ida’s track and how the storm may impact our weather here in Schuylkill County through the middle of this week.
- Tornado Confirmed as EF-0 in Valley View
- More than 3 Inches of Rain Fell in Parts of Schuylkill County from Fred Remnants
- Possible Tornado Spotted in Western Schuylkill County Wednesday Afternoon
Images: National Weather Service