Ida Becomes a Hurricane Just Before Landfall

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Hurricane Ida it is.  As of 7AM EST this morning, Ida is a barely a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.  Luckily, it appears Ida will make landfall near a rather desolate part of Nicaragua.  (There aren’t many cities listed on Google maps in this area and the satellite pictures show little urbanization.)  Still, considering the power and slow forward movement of the storm, flooding and mudslides are almost a certainty.

Right now, the forecast does call for restrengthening once Ida re-emerges in the Caribbean and heads north toward the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s a little early to make any predictions about a possible U.S. landfall.  We’ll know more after the storm interacts with land this weekend.

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