Ida brings heavy rain, wind to Alabama

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WBRC) - Tropical Storm Ida brought lots of rain and gusty winds to Alabama with no reports of damage.

The storm was nearing the Alabama shoreline early Tuesday morning, with the center of the storm expected to make landfall around sunrise.

Several places in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach had water standing in parts of the roadways late Monday night, but as of Tuesday morning, most of the water had receded, no roads were closed and no damage was seen.

Ida, which had been as strong as a category two hurricane over the weekend, weakened quickly Monday as the storm entered cooler water in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  Forecasters said the storm would continue to weaken as it moved towards the Florida panhandle, bringing rain and gusty winds.

Emergency managers in Baldwin and Mobile counties did open storm shelters Monday for people who lived in low-lying coastal areas.  School leaders in both counties also closed schools on Tuesday as a precaution.

Gov. Bob Riley declared a state of emergency Monday morning in case state and federal resources would be needed for any recovery efforts.