The remnants of Hurricane Ida were expected to bring stormy conditions to an outsized swath of us, from Tennessee to Massachusetts, over the subsequent few days. The storm, which made landfall in southern Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, knocked out power to New Orleans and caused widespread flooding. Some residents climbed into their attics to flee rising waters.
By early Tuesday, the storm, now downgraded to a tropical depression, was in northern Mississippi, producing heavy rain with winds of 30 miles per hour, consistent with the National Hurricane Center. Ida was expected to push toward the northeast on Tuesday, the middle said, producing heavy rain and a flood threat from the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys to the Mid-Atlantic states through Wednesday.
A flash flood watch was in effect through Tuesday night for portions of Middle Tennessee, where up to 5 inches of rain was expected. Prolonged heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding, the middle said. The western fringe of North Carolina was also under a flash flood watch through Wednesday afternoon.
As the storm makes its way northeast, much of Kentucky, the southern portion of Ohio, West Virginia, an outsized swath of Virginia and points up to Massachusetts were also under a flash flood watch through a minimum of Thursday. Areas across southern New England could see up to four inches of rain, with some isolated higher amounts, from Wednesday into Thursday.