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8.29.21 WAPT — PEARL, Miss.

President approves Mississippi emergency declaration as Hurricane Ida threatens

Mississippians are bracing for the effects of Hurricane Ida, which include heavy rain, flooding and the possibility of tornadoes.

Ida will move north into southern and southwestern Mississippi Monday morning with winds approaching hurricane force in gusts and very heavy rain of up to 10 inches.

The storm is now a Category 2 hurricane with 110 mph winds. As Ida approaches the Jackson metro area early Monday morning, residents should expect winds that could gust to 60 mph and very heavy rain. Ida’s threat is expected to last through early evening Monday before moving northeast.

Damaging wind gusts that could result in fallen trees and power outages will be among the biggest threats for the metro area, 16News Chief Meteorologist David Hartman said.

The National Weather Service says a tropical storm warning remains in effect, and the tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.