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Tropical Storm Ida strengthening in Atlantic; Tropical depression forms over Mexico

Tropical Storm Ida seen from space on Sept. 21, 2015. NASA/EOSDIS

MIAMI – Tropical Storm Ida is getting stronger in the open Atlantic but isn’t a threat to any land.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds Monday morning increased to near 80 km/h. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, followed by slight weakening on Wednesday.

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Ida is centred about 1,601 km east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and is moving north-northwest near 11 km/h.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression is bringing heavy rain as it moves inland from the Pacific over Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

The depression’s maximum sustained winds are near 56 km/h. Weakening is forecast and the depression will likely degenerate to a remnant low by Monday night.

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