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Hurricane Ida shifting east slightly

Escambia County EMA Director David Adams said the latest from the National Weather Service is showing an easterly shift to the forecast track and an increase in size on the eastern side of Hurricane Ida as it approaches landfall.

Adams said the general forecast of local impacts shows a light increase in the expected rainfall, and the potential for tornado has increased.

“Hurricane Ida is forecast to make landfall in southeast Louisiana on Sunday evening or night as a very dangerous Category 4 storm,” Adams said. “It is then forecast to begin turning to the north and then northeast. This will extend the time for potential heavy rainfall to our area as the storm continues to pull moisture from the gulf.”