Tropical Storm Ida Downgraded; Moves Inland
10 November 2009
Tropical Storm Ida has been downgraded to a tropical depression as it
moves through the southern United States, after churning through the
Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico for more than a week.
|Man walks along beach as wind from Tropical Storm Ida blows on coast near Gulf Shores, Alabama, 10 Nov 2009 |
National Hurricane Center in Miami says all storm warnings were
discontinued shortly after Ida came ashore Tuesday in in the southern
U.S. state of Alabama.
The forecasters say Ida has lost all
its tropical characteristics and its maximum sustained winds have
diminished to 55 kilometers an hour. The winds are expected to weaken
as remnants of the storm move slowly to the east.
Ida is still
expected to produce heavy rains, with forecasters predicting it could
drop as much as 20 centimeters of rain in some areas. It is expected
to be absorbed by another weather front on Wednesday.
earlier hurricane strength, Ida triggered floods and mudslides in El
Salvador that killed at least 130 people and forced thousands from
Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes has declared
a national emergency. The town of Verapaz was one of the hardest hit
areas, with devastating flooding and mudslides. Ida hit Nicaragua's
Caribbean coast Thursday as a low-level hurricane.
In the United
States, the governors of the states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and
Mississippi had declared states of emergency, and several offshore oil
wells shut down production in advance of the storm.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.