Hurricane Ida heads for Louisiana

| 08/11/2009

(BBC): Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency as the US Gulf Coast are braced for the arrival of Hurricane Ida. Forecasters says the category 2 storm is entering the Gulf of Mexico with winds of up to 100mph (160 kph). Ida is expected to gather speed as it moves north over open water towards the US coast. However, the National Hurricane Center said it is expected to weaken before reaching the Gulf Coast by Tuesday. At 2100 GMT on Sunday, the centre said Ida was about 95 miles (155km) west-north-west of Cuba, moving at about 10mph (16km/h) per hour. The storm has already lashed parts of Central America and a tropical storm warning is in place for the western tip of Cuba.

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