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Hurricane Ida
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHS)
Gonzalo Oct 16 2014 1745Z

Hurricane Ida at peak strength
Formed September 14
Dissipated September 25
Accumulated Cyclone Energy
Highest winds 145 mph
(1-min sustained)
Lowest pressure 937 mbar
Damages ~$15 million
Direct Fatalities 2
Indirect Fatalities 1
Missing 0
Areas affected Cape Verde, Lesser Antilles, Bermuda, Newfoundland
Part of the
2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hurricane Ida was one of the four major hurricanes of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season. It was the ninth named

storm, third hurricane, and second major hurricane of the season.

Meteorological History Edit

On September 10, meteorologists began monitoring a tropical wave moving off the coast of Africa. On September 12, the wave was given a 60% chance of development within the next 5 days. On September 14, Tropical Depression Nine formed about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Later that day, Tropical Storm Ida was designated at 5PM EDT, now located about 700 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Ida was expected to weaken due to high wind shear, but strengthened into a Category 1 Hurricane on September 16 located about 250 miles northeast of the Lesser Antilles. However, Ida managed to avoid wind shear and further strengthening occurred, reaching category 3 hurricane status on September 17. Ida was then upgraded further to Category 4 hurricane status on September 18, before weakening back to a Category 3 hurricane on September 19. Ida then began to weaken as it approached Bermuda, causing high winds there. Ida was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on September 21, and became a tropical storm on September 23. On September 25, Ida dissipated about 600 miles northeast of Bermuda.

Aftermath Edit

Because overall damage was minimal, the name Ida was not retired, so it can be used again in the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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