Monday, November 9, 2009
Ida Now A Tropical Storm
Ida moved back into the warmer waters of the Caribbean Sea late Saturday and re intensified to a hurricane yesterday. Ida reached its peak intensity yesterday at 6PM when the top winds reached 105 mph, making Ida a category two storm. Ida's top winds continue to decrease now as it enters the northern Gulf of Mexico where water temperatures are much cooler. As of this update top winds were 70 mph making Ida a strong tropical storms before making landfall along the north central Gulf Coast. Some continental, drier air will also wrap into the system causing Ida to lose her tropical characteristics. Very heavy rain and isolated tornadoes can be expected along the central Gulf Coast over the next couple of days along with very gusty winds. The current forecast track is below and will update as new advisories are released.