Tropical storm warnings in effect since Saturday morning for Grand Cayman expired at 6am Sunday, as the storm known as Ida intensified further and but continued to move away from the Cayman Islands.
The National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida is reported that Hurricane Ida began its anticipated turn to the northwest as it moved further away from Grand Cayman Saturday night.
By 6am the system was at Category 1 hurricane strength, with maximum sustained winds of 90mph and moving northwest at some 12mph.
Hurricane warnings were in effect for part of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Playa del Carmen to Cabo Catoche. Hurricane watches were in effect from Tulum to Playa del Carmen.
Ida intensified to a strong tropical storm mid-day Saturday and forecasters expected that strengthening to continue until the storm reached the Gulf of Mexico, which was expected to occur later Sunday.
Satellite pictures still showed extensive cloudiness and showers over the Cayman area early Sunday.. Rain and rough sea conditions were expected to continue but to lessen throughout the day on Sunday. Winds of 10 to 15 knots were expected to continue with wave heights reaching four to six feet.