The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Ida has formed in the southern Caribbean just north of the Columbian coast.
Ida is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico and slam into the the Louisiana coast sometime this weekend as a potential Category 2 hurricane.
Tropical Storm Ida Advisory Number 4
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092021
500 AM EDT Fri Aug 27 2021
…IDA STRENGTHENS AS THE CENTER PASSES THROUGH THE CAYMAN
…AIR FORCE RESERVE AND NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT ENROUTE TO
INVESTIGATE THE STORM…
SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 50 MI…80 KM NNW OF GRAND CAYMAN
ABOUT 145 MI…230 KM SE OF THE ISLE OF YOUTH
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1001 MB…29.56 INCHES
Tropical Disturbance #2 is forecast to move into an environment that should support strengthening in a few days according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Disturbance #3 is much likely to develop, but were always keeping a close eye on the Atlantic the closer we get to hurricane season.
The latest computer forecast models are warning that it could be a threat to the Texas or Louisiana coast next week.
The Sharan dust is sticking around a lot longer than usual this year.
For now the focus is on the western Gulf.