Ida Brings Heavy Rain, Little Else to Alabama

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tropical Storm Ida brought heavy rainfall to south and central Alabama Monday night and Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service reports that Mobile and Evergreen received more than 3.5 inches of rain in the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Troy reported 3.3 inches. Selma measured more than 2.5 inches, and Montgomery had slightly more than 2 inches.

Alabama's beaches came through Ida largely unscathed. The storm came ashore early Tuesday morning, flooding the main road on the low-lying west end of Dauphin Island and knocking out power on the island. But businesses were already reopening on Tuesday morning and residents say they came through fine.

Island resident Patricia Pitt had minor debris in her yard on the west end of the island. But she said residents did a good job of securing loose objects before the storm so that they wouldn't become missiles.

The Emergency Management Agency reports no damage in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. A hotel clerk in Orange Beach, Frank Worley, said Ida was more like a thunderstorm than a hurricane.

The storm had shut down nearly a third of oil and natural gas production in Gulf as oil companies evacuated workers ahead of Ida. But demand for energy is so low due to the economic downturn, energy prices have barely budged.

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