Hurricane Ida Path Puts Gulf Coast on Hurricane Alert

Residents across Florida and the Gulf Coast have been put on hurricane alert as Hurricane Ida’s path has turned to the North.

Ida was upgraded from a tropical storm to Hurricane status Saturday, and has since intensified to a Category 2 hurricane with winds at its center of over 100 miles an hour. Forecasters are predicting that it may intensify further before crossing the Gulf Coast Monday or Tuesday.

The edge of Hurricane Hurricane Ida swept through the Mexican resort city of Cancun on Sunday, although only minor damage was expected.

Hurricane Ida was moving to the northwest at 10 mph (17 kph), and was 650 miles to the south-southeast of Pensacola, Florida as of Sunday morning.