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Keep Your Eye On Tropical Storm Ida, Just In Case

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MIAMI — After emerging the eastern Atlantic on Friday morning, Tropical Storm 10 grew into Tropical Storm Ida on Friday night.

It poses no immediate threat to land. Ida is expected to turn west-northwest with an increase in forward speed in the next few days.

Westerly shear and an upper-level trough extending into the eastern Caribbean coud slow the storm’s intensification over the next couple of days.

At 11 p.m. Friday, Ida was 915 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, moving northwest at 7 mph with top winds of 40 mph.

The National Hurricane Center also is tracking Tropical Depression 9, which is expected to fizzle in the Atlantic over the weekend.

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The remnants of Tropical Storm Grace

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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