Tropical Storm Ida forecast to strengthen; could threaten Gulf Coast as hurricane

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The National Hurricane Center is tracking Tropical Storm Ida because it moves through the Caribbean toward the Gulf of Mexico. At 1 a.m. on Friday, August 27, the middle of circulation was located at 19.4 North, 80.9 West, or about 30 miles east-northeast of Grand Cayman. Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph and therefore the system was moving northwest at 12 mph.

Gov. John Bel Edwards will provide a media briefing Friday at 3:30 p.m. about the state’s response to Tropical Storm Ida, which could become a serious hurricane. Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle said a voluntary evacuation went into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday, meaning all campers, RVs, and boats got to evacuate. He added a compulsory evacuation is going to be issued Friday after a 10:30 a.m. call with GOHSEP.

The general motion should continue over the subsequent few days. On the forecast track, the middle of Ida will undergo the Cayman Islands during the subsequent few hours, pass near or over the Isle of Youth and western Cuba later Friday, and over the southeastern and central Gulf of Mexico Friday night and Saturday. The system is forecast to approach the U.S. northern Gulf Coast on Sunday. Additional strengthening is probably going over the Gulf of Mexico and therefore the system might be near major hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast.

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