Remnants of Ida Bring Flash Flood Watches and Heavy Rain

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U.S.|Ida moves toward the Northeast, bringing flash flood watches and heavy rain.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/31/us/tropical-depression-ida-forecast.html

Flooded streets in LaPlace, La., west of New Orleans, on Monday.
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  • Aug. 31, 2021, 6:05 a.m. ET

The remnants of Hurricane Ida were expected to bring stormy conditions to a large swath of the United States, from Tennessee to Massachusetts, over the next 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 escape 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, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Ida was expected to push toward the northeast on Tuesday, the center 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 five inches of rain was expected. Prolonged heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding, the center said. The western edge 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, a large swath of Virginia and points up to Massachusetts were also under a flash flood watch through at least Thursday. Areas across southern New England could see up to four inches of rain, with some isolated higher amounts, from Wednesday into Thursday.

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