Tropical Storm Ida could move into the Gulf next week

By Grant Dade - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The 2009 Hurricane season does not want to end just yet. The ninth named tropical system made landfall earlier today as a Nicaragua as Hurricane Ida. In the process, Ida became one of the fastest developing tropical systems on record becoming a hurricane in just 24 hours. The fastest system to develop from depression to hurricane occurred two years ago off the Texas Gulf coast, Hurricane Humberto.

Now that Ida has made landfall, she will rapidly decrease in strength over Nicaragua and Honduras and will more than likely become a depression tonight. By Friday afternoon we expect Ida to move back into the Caribbean Sea and once again reach tropical storm status. Notice the current forecast track(click here). The center of Ida comes very close to hitting the Yucatan Peninsula by Monday morning. If Ida remains over warm water, she could once again become a hurricane as she enters the Gulf.

The good news for Texas, it looks as though a cold front that will move through the area Monday will help steer Ida of to the east. Areas along the Gulf Coast from Alabama to the Florida Keys should pay very close attention to Ida as this appears to be the most likely area of landfall next week.

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