Ida’s local impact mild

Published 11:59 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Aside from one downed power line on Andalusia’s Sutton Road, Tropical Storm Ida made its way through Covington County quietly.

The storm dropped between 2 to 4 inches of rain on the county by the end of Tuesday, County EMA Director Susan Carpenter said.

“From the reports I got, the majority of the rainfall was seen on the outskirts of the county,” she said. “(Totals) weren’t anywhere near the 6 inches (the National Weather Service) was predicting, and we didn’t get the winds they were predicting, so all in all, we were very lucky.”

By Tuesday evening, Ida was moving toward the northeast at 9 mph and maximum sustained wind speeds had decreased to 35 mph. However, rainfall continued to fall from the outer portions of Florida and Alabama and the storm was slowly moving towards Georgia.

Carpenter said officials would continue to monitor local waters for signs of flooding.

“This misty rain should be gone by the early morning hours (today),” she said. “Then it’s going to make way for some very pretty days.”