Tropical Storm Ida forecast places landfall just outside Texas

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Don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet, but this is some promising news for Houston and Southeast Texas. 

The latest forecast for Tropical Storm Ida, which was upgraded from a tropical depression around 4 p.m. Thursday, shows the center of the storm will likely miss Texas when it makes landfall late Sunday or early Monday. 

National Hurricane Center meteorologists say Ida will land somewhere between the Texas-Louisiana border and Biloxi, Mississippi, as a hurricane. 

Once it passes over Cuba, it will strengthen as it moves north through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

There’s still a lot of uncertainty with the track of the storm, and meteorologists are liable to change the predicted track as conditions develop. 

If this forecast holds, let it serve as a dress rehearsal for Greater Houston and the rest of the Gulf Coast.

The season is far from over, and we’re about to enter a particularly troublesome “season within the season” when a majority of tropical activity occurs. 

The National Hurricane Center has a thorough checklist and supply kit suggestions on its website. 

What’s the must-have item in your Houston hurricane survival kit? Let me know on Twitter: @jayrjordan

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