Ida weakens to tropical storm

Hurricane Ida weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning as it neared the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it could come ashore in the next 24 hours.

Ida's top winds fell to 70 mph (110 kph), the National Hurricane Center said in its 10 a.m. ET update.

Coastal communities between Grand Isle, Louisiana, and the Aucilla River in Florida are under a tropical storm caution.

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Ida is expected to dump up to eight inches of rain in some parts of the affected area. It will begin drenching the area hours before its expected landfall Tuesday morning.

The hurricane center also warned of "large and destructive waves" caused by the storm, as it heads northwest near 16 mph (26 kph).

"A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 4 to 6 feet above ground level along the coast near and to the east of where the center makes landfall," the center said.

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