Tropical Storm Ida has formed in the tropical Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said Friday (Sept. 18) night. It is not a threat to land.
At 10 p.m., Ida was located about 915 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, and was moving northwest at 7 mph. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
Some slow strengthening was forecast during the next 48 hours, Hurricane Specialist Todd Kimberlain said.
“With increasing northerly or northwesterly flow aloft, Ida should begin to meander in about four days and even drift southward or southeastward by day five,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 9 was still churning in the central Atlantic with maximum sustained 30 mph winds.
Forecasters predicted the storm would be a remnant low by Friday night. They now are predicting it will remain a depression through Saturday, and dissipate by Monday.
At 10 p.m., the storm was located about 880 miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles. It was moving west-northwest at 9 mph.
Forecasters also are watching an area of low pressure located about 200 miles east of the northeast Florida coast.
Senior Hurricane Specialist Lixion Avila said environmental conditions could be “somewhat conducive” for the system to acquire tropical or subtropical characteristics during the next few days.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft will investigate the system Saturday, if necessary.
Parts of the Florida peninsula and coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina could see heavy rainfall as a result of this system.
It has a 20 percent (low) chance of forming through 48 hours and a 40 percent (medium) chance of forming through five days.