Tropical storm Ida slashes oil output on path to hit Louisiana

The tropical storm Ida, which is on track to hit Cuba Friday and move on to Louisiana and Mississippi later in the weekend, slashes the oil output in the hub by the Gulf of Mexico, sending prices up.

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Tropical Storm Ida, forecast to grow into a powerful hurricane in the coming days, is hitting oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico as it veers toward the U.S coast.

The ninth storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, Ida is passing through the Cayman Islands, with top winds of 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour. It’s forecast to strike Cuba on Friday, reach hurricane strength over the gulf Saturday, and make landfall in Louisiana or Mississippi late Sunday or Monday.

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