Tropical Storm Ida forms

Tropical Depression eleven, which formed Wednesday morning in the south-western Caribbean, has become Tropical Storm Ida.

Forecasters expected the storm to intensify even further, perhaps hitting the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras possibly as a hurricane on Thursday. Maximum sustained winds had topped 60 miles per hour by Wednesday evening.

The forecast for Ida was highly uncertain. Forecasters said steering currents remained weak in the south-western Caribbean and the system is expected to move extremely slowly over the next two days. It was travelling west-northwest at 6 mph Wednesday evening.

Various models predicted the storm moving anywhere from due west toward Nicaragua to due north and approaching the Cayman Islands by Monday.

Forecasts also differed on how strong the system would become over the next several days.

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