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The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Depression 9 to Tropical Storm Ida, which is now located 130 miles from Grand Cayman.
The NHC, in an updated advisory at 4:30pm, said Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft data indicated that the tropical depression had strengthened to a tropical storm.
The maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 40 miles per hour, with higher gusts.
The system is moving toward the northwest at a speed of 14 mph, and this general motion should continue over the next few days.
Rainfall totals of 8 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches, are expected across the Cayman Islands and western Cuba, including the Isle of Youth, the NHC said.
Further details are expected from the NHC, as well as the Cayman Islands National Weather…