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Hurricane / Tropical Storm IDA UPDATE
Monday, November 09, 2009
Real Time Hurricane IDA Cancun information
What was formerly known as Hurricane IDA has now downgraded to Tropical Storm levels. Tropical Storm IDA, as it is now known, has crossed the gulf of mexico and is known en route to the USA. It should make landfall overnight.
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect from Grand Isle Louisiana eastward to the Aucilla river Florida,including New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 hours.
At 300 PM CST, 2100 UTC, the center of Tropical Storm Ida was located near latitude 28.4 north, longitude 88.5 west or about 60 miles / 95 km southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 165 miles / 265 km south-southwest of Pensacola Florida.
Ida is moving toward the north near 18 mph / 30 km/hr. A reduction in forward speed is expected overnight. On the forecast track, the center of Ida should reach the northern Gulf Coast tonight.
After landfall,Ida is expected to turn eastward on Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph / 110 km/hr, with higher gusts. Weakening is expected this evening as Ida moves over cooler waters prior to making landfall,and is expected to merge with a frontal zone on Wednesday.
A dangerous storm tide will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above ground level along the coast near and to the east of where the center makes landfall as well as in areas of onshore flow in southeastern Louisiana. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
For storm information specific to your area in the United States,including possible inland watches and warnings,please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.
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Tropical Storm (UPDATE 11/08/09) HURRICANE IDA CANCUN
What was previously a Tropical Storm, has now turned into a Class 2 Hurricane. Hurricane IDA, as it is known now, has Winds between 96-110 MPH. However, a hurricane WARNING has been only issued from Playa del Carmen up to Cabo Catoche. Hurricane WARNING means that Hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the area in the next 24 hours. This is NOT a clear indicator of a direct hit. It is very usual for us to get lots of hurricane watchs & warnings, and rarely have one actually hit us. Last one was in 2005, and before that one, several years passed in between also. So, we still reccommend to STAY CALM, and just pay close attention to the development of Hurricane IDA in CANCUN by keep coming back to this page.
A Hurricane Watch has also been issued east of the Mississippi/Alabama border to Mexico Beach Florida. A Hurricane Watch is now in effect from Grand Isle Louisiana to Mexico Beach Florida. This watch does not include the city of New Orleans. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.
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We want to make clear that it is NOT a hurricane, yet. It MIGHT become one, but that is not for certain at the moment. It has become a Class 2 Hurricane now. However, IT WILL NOT HIT CANCUN. To help calm fears and dissipate information about the development of Hurricane IDA , we will be using this channel to keep posting updates right as they come along. Please keep coming back to this page to be updated to the latest information.
Hurricane IDA current and forecasted tracks:
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