A tropical cyclone Aida that hits the Caribbean Sea is projected to intensify into a hurricane before landing on the Gulf Coast on Sunday afternoon.
The Tropical Cyclone, formerly known as the Tropical Cyclone Nine, gained power and name on Thursday night.
According to the National Hurricane Center, it was expected to be a hurricane by Saturday afternoon and strengthen in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. According to the center, the storm “may be close to the strength of a major hurricane” when it reaches the northern Gulf Coast.
Meteorologists have warned that it will intensify rapidly as it approaches land and is likely to approach major hurricane strengths (category 3 and above) upon landing.
Aida was about 115 miles southeast of Grand Cayman on Thursday night, according to federal forecasters. It traveled northwest at 13 mph and had a maximum wind speed of 40 mph.
Before reaching the Gulf Coast, Aida is predicted to bring storm surges of 2-4 feet, with rainfall of up to 10-15 inches in western Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.
After passing through the Yucatan Peninsula, tropical cyclones can occur in the Gulf Coast as early as late Saturday to early Sunday. Six hurricanes landed along the Gulf Coast in five years.
The system’s planned route, or its “cone of uncertainty” for landing, extends from eastern Texas to the Alabama coastline, with Louisiana directly crossing. A Category 4 hurricane roller hit the coast of Louisiana with a wind of 150 mph almost exactly a year ago on August 27. The devastating Hurricane Katrina struck the state on Sunday 16 years ago.
As Ida, it joins the list of “I” named Arashi, which includes some of the more historically damaging hurricanes. Eleven “I” names have retired. Most of the other alphabetic characters recorded.. This is because storms named “I” usually occur during the peak season of hurricanes, prefer tropical cyclones with strong atmospheric content, and steering patterns prefer landing.
Elsewhere, overly hot temperatures continue to plague about 70 million people in some parts of the country.
In the northeast and New England, the high temperatures and humidity of the 90’s combine to feel like 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit on both Thursday and Friday. Cities with heat recommendations include New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Hartford, Connecticut, and Syracuse, NY. Hot weather is expected to be cool on Saturday.
In the middle of the country, the heat will continue throughout the weekend. Temperatures in the late 90’s, combined with tropical humidity, lead to temperatures that feel like 105-115 degrees Celsius.
In the southwest, cities such as Phoenix and Las Vegas have issued excessive heat alerts, with temperatures rising to 110-115 degrees Celsius, which can last from weekends to early next week.