Ida Weakens to Tropical Storm

November 9, 2009 Updated: November 9, 2009

Earlier today, Ida was downgraded to a tropical storm as it makes its way to the U.S. Gulf Coast. At its most severe, the storm currently exhibits sustained winds of up to 70 mph, with higher gusts. All hurricane warnings previously issued by the National Weather Service on Sunday have been discontinued.

However, for the next 24 hours a tropical storm warning is in effect from Grand Isle Louisiana eastward to Florida’s Aucilla River.

At 12 p.m. CST, the center of the storm was 115 miles south of the mouth of Mississippi River. Ida is heading north at 18 mph and is expected to make landfall by Tuesday morning.

The storm is expected to weaken later tonight as it approaches the coast.

Meteorologists predict a total rainfall of about 3 to 6 inches through Wednesday morning in the central and eastern Gulf Coast. Further rainfall related to Ida is expected to make its way into the Tennessee Valley, the Southern Appalachians, and throughout the Southeastern United States.