Ida is downgraded to a tropical storm
November 09, 2009, 8:50AM
Ida is no longer a hurricane.
It was downgraded to a tropical storm by 9 a.m. today, the National Hurricane Center said. Officials discontinued all hurricane warnings and watches along the Gulf Coast.
Tropical storm conditions may unfold in the next 24 hours anywhere in the area between Grand Isle in coastal Jefferson Parish and the Aucilla River in Florida, including the metro New Orleans area, forecasters said.
At 9 a.m., Tropical Storm Ida was about 185 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 285 miles south-southwest of Pensacola, Fla.
The system is headed toward the north-northwest near 17 mph. It should turn toward the north and then to the the north-northeast over the next day. Tracks show it should make landfall Tuesday morning east of Louisiana before it heads east even further.
Maximum winds are now near 70 mph with higher gusts. The storm should weaken as it approaches the Gulf Coast. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 200 miles from the system's center, forecasters said