Tropical Storm Ida Targets Alabama, Florida Panhandle
November 9, 2009 at 7:11 AM (PT)
The FLORIDA PANHANDLE and COASTAL ALABAMA and MISSISSIPPI braced TODAY (11/9) for a weakening but still formidable TROPICAL STORM IDA, a late season storm that would be the first of the year to make landfall in the UNITED STATES, reports THE MIAMI HERALD.
At 10a, the NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER said the cooler GULF OF MEXICO waters and strong wind shear had begun taking their toll on the compact, fast-moving storm. IDA's sustained winds had dropped from a peak of 115 mph to near 70 mph. They downgraded the system from a hurricane to a tropical storm.
DITTMAN Top 40 WABB/MOBILE PD CHRIS MICHAELS told ALL ACCESS, "We are staying live 24/7 through the storm giving hourly updates with our FOX affiliate updating everyone with school closings, flooded streets, etc."
CLEAR CHANNEL Country WKSJ/MOBILE PD BILL BLACK said, "We are in pre-storm mode. Basically reports and updates each quarter hour, detailing any school or biz closings, and storm tracking.
Keep track of the storm here.