There is little question Ida is now a hurricane. The satellite loop and Cuban radar show a healthier core with deep convection encircling much of the center, whereas earlier it was stuck on the west side with dry air eating away at the east side. Also, Ida's center just went by a buoy. Even with strong wind from the north and now wnw, the buoy's pressure has plummeted to 985 mb. I have to think the center would be another few to several mb lower. When the last recon plane left this afternoon the pressure was 991 mb.
Update: The NHC just officially upgraded Ida to hurricane based on the buoy data.
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