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11/09/2009

Deadly hurricane takes aim at United States

MIAMI — Hurricane Ida took aim at the United States and oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday after causing flooding and landslides that killed 124 people in El Salvador.
Ida, which was downgraded to a category one storm early Monday, crossed the Gulf of Mexico after brushing past Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula though no casualties or damage was reported in the popular resort of Cancun.
A hurricane warning has been issued for the US Gulf coast from Mississippi Florida. A tropical storm warning was also in effect for sections of the Florida.
Forecasters at the US National Hurricane Center said the storm's maximum winds had decreased to 90 miles (150 kilometers) an hour, down from 105 miles (165 kilometers) per hour just a few hours before.
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