Hurricane Ida is expected to have minimal impacts on East Texas after it shifted to the east, the National Weather Service said Friday afternoon.
Currently, the NWS is predicting 1.5 to 2 inches of rainfall are expected across Panola County and eastern Harrison County, while the rest of East Texas will see between half an inch and 1 inch of rain.
There is potential for winds upbetween 39 to 57 mph across most of East Texas as well, the NWS said.
“Right now it looks like impacts will be minimal,” Warning Coordination Meteorologist Charlie Woodrum said in a weather briefing.
The storm was upgraded to hurricane status on Friday afternoon and is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast. The storm is expected to hit the Ark-La-Tex region Sunday into Monday, with the worst impacts coming on Monday.
Woodrum said the NWS is also forecasting some heat indices between 100 and 105 across the area leading up to Sunday.
Right now the storm’s track is falling over Central Louisiana, although Woodrum said there’s still some uncertainty about the storm’s path.
“While models have trended east over the last several days — and that’s good news — we could still see a shift back westward as the system gets more developed,” he said.