Tropical Storm Ida threatens Texas, Mexico: Follow the storm, spaghetti models

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Tropical Storm Ida continued to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Saturday.

Tropical Storm Ida has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the 4 a.m. Central advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Ida is forecast to strengthen into a powerful hurricane before it makes landfall on the northern Gulf coast Sunday afternoon.

Tropical storm-force winds extend 80 miles from the center.

The storm is located 1,144 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, and is moving northwest at 15 mph. This general movement should continue over the next few days. 

Cone of uncertainty: See the latest graphic from the NHC

Satellite images: See latest satellite image from NOAA, for a clearer picture of the storm’s size

The storm is expected to pass near or over western Cuba on Friday, and over the Gulf of Mexico on Friday night and Saturday. It is forecast to approach the U.S. northern Gulf Coast on Sunday.

Latest data on Tropical Storm Ida

Here is the latest data on Tropical Storm Ida pulled from the National Hurricane Center’s 4 a.m. Central advisory.

  • Location: 1,144 miles southeast of Corpus Christi
  • Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph
  • Movement: Northwest at 15 mph
  • Pressure: 1,001 MB (millibars)
  • When next advisory will be released: The next complete advisory at is at 10 a.m. CT

Watches, warnings and evacuations

  • CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: None. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for… * Sabine Pass to Alabama/Florida border * Vermilion Bay, Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Mobile Bay A Hurricane Watch is in effect for… * Cameron, Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border * Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for… * Cayman Islands * Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, Havana, Artemisa, Pinar del Rio, and the Isle of Youth A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for… * Mississippi/Alabama border to the Alabama/Florida border. A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life

Spaghetti models: Track Ida here