Tropical Storm Ida Drenches Southeastern United States with Heavy Rains

MIAMI, Nov. 10 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Ida’s rainfall was soaking the U.S. Gulf coastal states early Tuesday as the system neared landfall near Mobile, Ala., forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 3 a.m. CST, Ida was about 60 miles south-southwest of Mobile, Ala., moving north at 9 mph. The former hurricane was packing winds of 50 mph with higher gusts that extended outward as far as 175 miles.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from Grand Isle, La., eastward to the Aucilla River in Florida.

Forecasters warned as much as eight inches of rain was possible along the forecast path.

The center also warned coastal communities “a dangerous storm tide will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above ground level along the coast near and to the east of where the center makes landfall.”

Forecasters said the storm that developed off Nicaragua last Thursday would turn east after reaching land.

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