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Delaware prepares for Ida's remants to arrive

Delaware Public Media

After hammering Louisiana, Ida will make its presence felt in the First State.

While Delaware won’t get hit hard like Louisiana did, it can still be a dangerous storm here.

According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Nick Carr the state might have to deal with tornadoes and heavy rain.

"The way the track of the system is... Delaware will kind of be on the southern side of it. That’s kind of the area, the southeastern side, where we do worry about tornadoes. So that'll be probably the big threat - obviously with tornadoes.  You won't have a ton of them, but where they do occur they can be pretty impactful," said Carr. "There's also the heavy rain potential. This is mostly going to be focused, at least it currently looks like based on the current track, in the northern part of the state."

Two-to-four inches of rain is expected in New Castle County, with some areas approaching five inches of rain.

Carr says downstate there will be less rain, but a greater chance of tornadoes.

"That's going to taper off quite a bit as you go further south.  So more like maybe one to two inches as you head down into Sussex County and Kent County. The rain will be impactful probably in like New Castle, and then drop off considerably as you go further south," said Carr. "But the tornado threat will increase as you go further south. You may dodge one of the two, but you're probably not going to dodge both threats."

The good news is the Labor Day weekend forecast is excellent. Friday and Saturday will see sunshine, highs in the 70s and low humidity.  There’s a chance of rain Sunday and Monday with highs those days in the low-to-mid 80’s. 

The best part of the weekend is the humidity will be much lower.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.
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