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Tropical Storm Ida forms in southwest Caribbean

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MIAMI – Tropical storm Ida has formed in the southwest Caribbean, quickly adding muscle and prompting storm warnings for the coast of Nicaragua and two Colombian islands.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the ninth tropical storm of the season took shape Wednesday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 kph).

The storm's center is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua. It is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 kph).

Storm warnings were in effect for the eastern coast of Nicaragua and the Colombian islands of San Andres and Providencia.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression has formed in the southwestern Caribbean, prompting storm warnings for the coast of Nicaragua and two Colombian islands.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the 11th tropical depression of the season formed Wednesday morning. It had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph) and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm later in the day or Wednesday night.

The depression's center is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east-southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua. It is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph (13 kph).

Colombia issued tropical storm warnings for the islands of San Andres and Providencia.

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