By Dennis Washington
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WBRC) - People living along the Alabama Gulf Coast prepared Monday morning for the arrival of Hurricane Ida.
The storm, which strengthened over the weekend, was expected to make landfall early Tuesday morning between Mobile and Pensacola as a category one hurricane, with estimated sustained winds of 85 mph.
Hurricane warnings were posted early Monday morning from Mississippi across Alabama to parts of northern Florida. In addition, a flood watch was in effect across much of southern Alabama, where 2-6 inches of rainfall was expected to fall within the next 48 hours.
Emergency managers in Baldwin County declared a "local emergency" Sunday night, closing schools across the county for Monday and issuing a voluntary evacuation order for Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
The county said it would open a storm shelter at 9 a.m. Monday at the Baldwin County Coliseum in Robertsdale for evacuees.
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