November 10, 2009

Ida Weakening Over Land, but Still Threatening Southerners

Ida made landfall as a tropical storm near Mobile, Ala., at 6:00 a.m. CDT. As the storm moves northeast then east over land today, the system will continue to weaken.

While sustained winds with the storm will weaken, there could be localized damaging wind gusts.

The biggest concern will be the heavy rainfall and widespread flash flooding.

Up to 6-8 inches of rain could inundate portions of central Alabama and northern and central parts of Georgia into western South Carolina.

Flash flooding will be widespread across these areas and also over a wider area from eastern Mississippi to the Carolinas today into tonight.

Coastal and storm-surge flooding was occurring Monday night into this morning across coastal areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and the western Florida panhandle.

A few trees and power lines were also downed in these areas.

Locally damaging winds could down big tree branches and cause sporadic power outages to a few communities farther inland across Alabama and Georgia into the afternoon and evening today.

Seas will take a while to diminish, even though Ida has already made landfall. Rough surf will begin to settle this evening into tonight.

Some oil production has even been shut down in the Gulf of Mexico due to the storm.

Story By Meteorologists Meghan Evans

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