Hurricane watch called for southeastern Louisiana

Staff reports

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Ida moves through the Gulf of Mexico.

As of Sunday, the hurricane has been classified as a Category 2.

The hurricane watch was called for southeastern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle, meaning hurricane conditions are possible over the next day and a half.

The emergency declaration serves as a precaution to free up state resources for any emergencies. State agencies have been put on alert.

Officials in Mississippi, Florida and Alabama are monitoring the storm's movement, but no emergency declarations have been issued.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm's winds are near 100 mph and could get strong later Sunday.

The storm could reach the coast by Tuesday, though it may be downgraded to a tropical storm by then. Forecasters at this time expect effects from the system to be minimal for southeastern Louisiana.