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Ida moving slowly north, could head toward Florida

Former Hurricane Ida drenched Central America as a tropical depression on Friday and forecasters said it had some chance of regaining force and heading toward Florida.

Ida had winds of 75 mph when it hit the central Nicaraguan coast on Thursday, but it quickly lost force as it slogged inland and winds were down to about 35 mph Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The storm smashed scores of flimsy dwellings and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes in sparsely populated eastern Nicaragua. Bridges, schools and electrical transmission towers were damaged, but no deaths were reported.

The depression was centered about 55 miles west of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the coastal border between Nicaragua and Honduras and it was moving north at near 7 mph.

The official forecast track has the storm heading north over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, then continuing into the Gulf of Mexico.

The track then has the storm turning east, possibly reaching Florida by the middle of next week.

Associated Press

Ida moving slowly north, could head toward Florida 11/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2009 10:03pm]

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