Weather Update: Tropical Storm Ida Loses Intensity, But Stays Over Atlantic
Tropical Storm Ida continued to stay over central Atlantic Wednesday morning, though the ninth named Atlantic storm had abated. Located about 1,055 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands, it was passing east at a speed of 5 miles per hour, as reported in the 10 a.m. CDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
However, the storm is not expected to impact any land areas. Its center was located near latitude 19.9 north and longitude 46.6 west, according to News 13 Orlando. Forecasters say that there will be an eastward drift tonight, and that it should start turning towards the north and north-northwest direction tomorrow. Maximum sustained winds reached almost 40 miles per hour. The intensity of the storm is not expected to fluctuate much in the next 48 hours.
The minimum central pressure has been estimate to be 1,005 mb (29.68 inches). Low pressure off the Carolina coasts are not expected to develop, the hurricane center said. As reported by AL.com, gale warnings have been issued for offshore waters. There is a possibility of rip currents along North and South Carolina beaches.
A low pressure area could develop in the Gulf area in the next five days, following which it may turn northward.