SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Tropical Storm Ida formed Friday night in the central Atlantic Ocean, over 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Ida is expected to move to the northwest across the Atlantic, slowly intensifying to near hurricane strength by the middle of the week.
The official National Hurricane Center forecast stated that Ida will track to the north and west over the next five days, bringing no threats to land.
"Ida should continue to take a gradual turn to the north," said WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "The WLOX Weather Team will continue to track this tropical storm. But, it's far too early to say that Ida will bother anyone on the Gulf Coast."
Ida was formerly known as Tropical Depression Ten on Friday. It is the ninth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic season.
Elsewhere in tropics, Tropical Depression Nine is expected to fall apart this weekend, well out in the central Atlantic, bringing no impacts to land. And an area of low pressure near the east coast of Florida has the potential to develop over the next week as it moves to the northeast.