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Tropical Storm Ida forecast to pose major hurricane threat to Gulf Coast

A tropical depression that formed Thursday morning over the Caribbean Sea has the potential to become a powerful hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico and strike the northern Gulf Coast by Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The big picture: The depression is expected to become tropical storm Ida later Thursday or Friday. The Hurricane Center included unusually sobering wording for the first advisory on a storm, partly because the timing of landfall means there is only a few days for residents in the storm's potential path to prepare.

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