Tracking Ida

Reuters | Jonathan Bachman

From the National Hurricane Center:

At 700 AM CDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Ida was 
located by NOAA Doppler weather radars, satellite data, and surface 
observations near latitude 31.5 North, longitude 90.8 West. Ida is 
moving toward the north near 8 mph (13 km/h), and this general 
motion is forecast to continue today.  A faster northeastward motion 
is expected to begin by tonight and continue on Tuesday.  On the 
forecast track, the center of Ida will move farther inland over 
southwestern Mississippi this morning. Ida is then forecast to move 
over central and northeastern Mississippi this afternoon and 
tonight, and move across the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with 
higher gusts. Additional rapid weakening is forecast during the next 
day or so, and Ida is expected to become a tropical depression this 

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km),
mainly southeast of the center over water. A coastal marine 
observing site at Dauphin Island, Alabama, recently reported 
sustained winds of 38 mph (61 km/h) and a gust to 46 mph (74 km/h).
A wind gust to 45 mph (72 km/h) was recently measured at Biloxi, 

The estimated minimum central pressure is 993 mb (29.32 inches).

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