Tropical Storm Ida in Caribbean; forecast to be hurricane

MIAMI (AP) — A depression in the Caribbean has strengthened into a tropical storm and is forecast to be a major hurricane by the time it reaches the U.S. Gulf Coast over the next several days. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tropical Storm Ida was blowing about 100 miles west of Negril, Jamaica, and about 130 miles southeast of Grand Cayman late Thursday afternoon. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Both the Cuban and Cayman governments have issued tropical storm warnings.