Saints monitoring Tropical Storm Ida ahead of Saturday’s game vs. Cardinals

Aug 26, 2021, 4:07 PM | Updated: Aug 27, 2021, 7:18 am
An exterior view of the Caesars Superdome on August 23, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by C...
An exterior view of the Caesars Superdome on August 23, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints released a statement on Thursday evening, saying the team is monitoring Tropical Storm Ida ahead of Saturday’s preseason finale for the Arizona Cardinals in New Orleans.

The Saints said in the statement they will have “more definitive information” on the fate of the game on Friday morning, as they are currently in touch with the National Weather Service, Homeland Security and the NFL.

Ida is forecasted to be a hurricane when it approaches western Cuba and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Friday, and perhaps a major hurricane by the time it reaches the northern U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday, the center said. The central U.S. Gulf Coast should start to see rain from the storm by early Sunday.

“There is an increasing risk of life-threatening storm surge, damaging hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall Sunday and Monday, especially along the coast of Louisiana,” the Hurricane Center said.

Late Thursday, Ida had sustained maximum winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and was traveling northwest at about 14 mph (22 kph). It was located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Negril, Jamaica, and about 130 miles (205 kilometers) southeast of Grand Cayman.

Ida is projected to make landfall in Louisiana on Sunday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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