November 6, 2009

Ida Downgraded to a Tropical Depression

Tropical Depression Ida, which roared ashore over east-central Nicaragua Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, has been downgraded to a tropical depression. It currently poses no threat to the U.S. mainland through the weekend.

As of 7 a.m. EST, Tropical Depression Ida is located at 14.6 N, 84.2 W or about 65 miles southwest of Cabo Gracias a Dios, on the border between Honduras and Nicaragua. This places it about 800 miles south-southwest of Key West, Fla. Ida will move northward and possibly re-emerge in the western Caribbean later today, if it survives. From there, Ida could re-intensify into a tropical storm and could move between the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba early next week. It could then move into the Gulf of Mexico, where a wide range of forecast tracks are being hinted upon by long-range computer models. There is still a large amount of uncertainty in this forecast.

Residents along the entire Gulf Coast should keep an eye on Ida`s progress through the weekend and check on their hurricane preparation plans.

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