Tropical Depression Nine forms in the Caribbean, forecast to slam the U.S. as a Hurricane

Tropical Depression Nine forms in the Caribbean Thursday. TD9 will intensify into Tropical Storm Ida later today with further strengthening into a Hurricane forecast by this weekend.

As Ida enters the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend, strengthening into at least a Category 2 Hurricane is expected–A Major Hurricane (Category 3, 4, 5) cannot be completely ruled out early-Sunday. It does appear the system will weaken a touch before landfall.

Landfall will occur early Monday in Louisiana based on the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center. A jog east or west is possible so all areas along the northern Gulf Coast need to keep a close eye on the forecast over the coming days. Because of the uncertainty, the upper Texas coast and Mississippi coast are also within the cone.