A tropical storm warning has been issued for GrandCayman Island as Ida gains strength over Caribbean waters.
A tentative forecast track from the U.S. National HurricaneCenter in Miami shows the storm could hit the U.S. Gulf Coast nextweek.
The warning means tropical storm conditions are expected onGrand Cayman in 24 hours or less.
Tropical Storm Ida, which was packing winds of 45 mph (75 kmh),was expected to approach the Yucatan Channel on Sunday. A tropicalstorm watch was in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico fromPunta Allen north to San Felipe, and for the Cuban province ofPinar Del Rio.
Ida was moving toward the north at about 8 mph (13 kmh). It wascentered about 220 miles southwest of Grand Cayman Island.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times