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Hurricane Ida forces cancellation of Saints vs. Cardinals game

"Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Ida, the Saints-Cardinals game has been canceled," a tweet from the Saints read Friday afternoon.

NEW ORLEANS — With the possibility of a hurricane hitting the city of New Orleans, the Saints announced that the final pre-season game with the Cardinals has been canceled.

"Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Ida, the Saints-Cardinals game has been canceled," a tweet from the Saints read Friday afternoon.

The city is now under a hurricane watch. Ida is predicted to hit Sunday night or Monday morning. 

If it makes landfall on Sunday, it will hit on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

It was not immediately known if the game will be rescheduled.

Preparations have begun across the state as parish officials and residents scramble to get ready ahead of the storm.

Tropical Storm Ida continues to intensify in the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, 12 News sister station WWL reports. It is now expected to be a strong Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 120 MPH when it makes landfall around the Terrebonne/Lafourche Parish area. 

The new track has Ida becoming a hurricane later Thursday, with the centerline moving about 10 miles west — not a large change given the wide impact the storm is expected to have. 

RELATED: Liveblog: Saints game moves to noon, Tropical Storm Ida approaches

The Cards announced recently that Kyler Murray will not play in the game, marking the second of the three preseason games the Cardinals starting quarterback will sit for. 

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