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Hurricane Ida Path

More than 40  people have been killed in El Salvador over the last week following three days of torrential rains caused by Hurricane Ida.

Government officials have stated that the death toll was expected to rise as rescue teams moved into areas that have been cut off by mudslides, Humberto Centeno, the country’s interior minister, said on Sunday.

A separate low pressure system may have also contributed to the rain, forecasters said.

News of the deaths came as the storm gathered strength off the coast of the Mexican resort city of Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula on Sunday

Weather forecasters in the US predicted the storm would head towards the US later this week, where the authorities have issued a hurricane watch for the US Gulf Coast.

“A hurricane watch is in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border. This watch does not include the city of New Orleans [Louisiana],” a statement from the US National Hurricane Centre said.

“A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area … generally within 36 hours.”

Forecasters declared Ida a hurricane on Thursday as it passed off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, bringing heavy rains and destroying homes.

The rains caused thousands of people to seek shelter out of the storm’s path.

The storm weakened into a tropical storm before reaching hurricane status again late on Saturday with sustained winds of near 145kph, US forecasters said.

Authorities said Ida could make landfall as early as Tuesday morning, although it was forecast to weaken by then. Officials and residents kept a close eye on the Category 2 hurricane as it approached, though there were no immediate plans for evacuations.

At 1 p.m. EST, Ida was located 510 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and moving northwest near 10 mph. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows Ida brushing near Louisiana and Mississippi, then making landfall near Alabama before continuing across north Florida.

Yet many residents took the forecast in stride.

Here is a picture of the latest projected path.

Predicted Path Hurricane IDA

Predicted Path Hurricane IDA

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