Tropical storm forms and will strengthen fast

Tracking the Tropics

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The tropics are heating up Tropical Storm Ida. The current track has it off the coast of Jamaica and will cross the western portion of Cuba.

Saturday the forecast models project Ida going beyond Tropical Storm to a Hurricane quickly in the Gulf of Mexico. The tightening around the projected cyclone appears to be tightening and the angle of a projected landfall Sunday west of New Orleans.

This will bring far outer rainbands over the weekend (indirect from the southeast), which will bring occasional rain and breezy conditions but we are not seeing a severe set-up until “Ida” moves over land Monday-Tuesday.

Stay with the latest track for a Weather Aware possibility Monday-Tuesday timeframe. Any further movement towards the west would bring inclement weather of just widespread torrential rainfall. #trackingthetropics

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