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November 10, 2009 -- The center of Tropical Storm Ida made its first landfall around 5:40 AM CST on Dauphin Island Alabama, and at around 8:30 Tropical Storm Ida was near Mobile Alabama with sustained winds of 45 mph.  The NHC is predicting that 3 to 6 inches of rainfall will fall, with isolated maximum rainfall amounts of 8 inches, and is forecasting a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet.  The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center 5 day precipitation forecast is now calling for 6 inches of rainfall over Alabama, and over 8 inches of rainfall near the coastal border between North and South Carolina, where computer model show the remnant of Ida stalling. 

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(A Hurricane Watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.)
1. Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
2. Check emergency supply kit.
3. Fuel car.
4. Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
5. Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outside antennas.
6. Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
7. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.
8. Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home. 9. Review evacuation plan.
10. Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tiedowns to anchor trailer to the ground or house.
Source:      Florida's Division of Emergency Management
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Year 2009 Hurricane Ida Diary
November 9, 2009 -- Ida has been downgraded to Tropical Storm status. The NHC predicts that Ida's landfall will most likely be at the Mississippi/Alabama/ coastal border at around 6 AM Tuesday. The NHC is forecasting that Ida will travel eastward along Florida's northern border gradually decreasing in strength to tropical depression status by 6 AM Wednesday. The NHC is predicting that 3 to 6 inches of rainfall will fall with isolated maximum rainfall amounts of 8 inches, and is forecasting a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet.  The
Hydrometeorological Prediction Center 5 day precipitation forecast also implies a Louisiana/Mississippi coastal border landfall, with about 6 inches of rainfall forecast to fall within the next 5 days. Thereafter, it's forecast implies a more northern path with the largest rainfall amounts falling in northern Alabama, northern Georgia, northern South Carolina, and North Carolina.  The Climate Predication Center's forecast implies a Louisiana/Mississippi coastal border landfall with heavy precipitation in Louisiana and Mississippi the 9th to the 10th and Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina the 10th to the 11th.  northern Florida,   Our page with its links: Tropical Storm and Hurricane Ida  After Ida reaches the Atlantic there is some disagreement between the models about where its remnants will go.  Some models show a large storm traveling up the coast, while others take the storm out to sea.  For emergency guidance follow the advice of your local emergency management agency and your local National Weather Service office.
 November 8, 2009 -- The National Hurricane Center forecast is for Ida to become a category 2 hurricane today. The NHC predicts that Ida's course will gradually shift towards true north over the next few days and the most likely place and time for its US landfall is at the Alabama/Florida coastal border at around 8 AM Tuesday, when it will most likely be a strong tropical storm.   The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center 5 day precipitation forecast also shows an Alabama/Florida coastal border landfall, with about 6.5 inches of rainfall forecast to fall within the next 5 days.  Thereafter, the peak rainfall pattern runs from theAlabama/Florida coastal border landfall to the coastal border of North and South Carolina, where 5.2 inches of rainfall is forecast to fall. After Ida reaches the Atlantic there is some disagreement between the models about where its remnants will go.  Some models show a large storm traveling up the coast, while others take the storm out to sea.
November 7, 2009 -- The National Hurricane Center is confident that it is correct about it forecast for Ida for the next 36 to 48 hours, but after that there is a great deal of uncertainty.  In 44 hours the NHC puts Ida about a hundred miles southeast of Louisiana or about 125 miles directly south of the Mississippi/Alabama coastal border.  There after it shows Ida moving east, but it is important to note that change in movement is uncertain.  Some models show Ida continuing to move north and then north northeast through the mid-Atlantic states, some making landfall and then moving east through the southern states.  The NHC is also not certain about the strength of Ida after 48 hours, except that it only gives a less than 4% probability that Ida will be a category 2 or greater hurricane.  The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center seems to be giving a nod to a Mississippi/Alabama landfall based on its 5 Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast. The HPC is forecasting about 4 1/2 inches of rainfall at the point of Ida's landfall through around 5PM on the 11th.  The Climate Prediction Center appears in favor of a Mississippi/Alabama landfall followed by movement to the east  with rainfall affecting the southeastern states.  
 6 November 2009 --  Hurricane Ida has degraded to Tropical Depression Ida as a result of its interaction with land.  Ida is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 7inches along the coasts of eastern Honduras and Nicaragua and the islands off the coast of Nicaragua with maximum amounts of 12 inches possible.  Maximum rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches are possible over regions of elevated terrain in Honduras and Nicaragua.  These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.  The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Ida will return to Tropical Storm status after reentering the western Caribbean, where Ida is forecast to move northward and pass over Cancun.  Ida is then forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico where, by Wednesday morning it is forecast to be located 250 miles west of Florida and 250 miles south of Alabama.  The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center seems to be giving a nod to a Mississippi, landfall based on its 5 Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast.
5 November 2009 --  Hurricane Ida has formed off the coast of Central America.  The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Ida will pass over Nicaragua and Honduras over the next five days degrade to a tropical depression, before reentering the Caribbean Sea. Ida is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico early Tuesday morning as a Tropical Storm.  Where it will go after that and what its wind speed will be is anyones guess at this time.  The 9 Panel GFSx 500mb Hght/SL Pres Plot show a week low off the coast the west coast of Florida on Wednesday.  

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