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AT 600 AM CST...1200 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM IDA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.3 NORTH...LONGITUDE 88.0 WEST OR ABOUT 25
MILES...40 KM...SOUTH OF MOBILE ALABAMA.
IDA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 9 MPH...15 KM/HR. THIS
GENERAL MOTION WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED
TODAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF IDA SHOULD REACH THE
MAINLAND ALABAMA COAST LATER THIS MORNING. AFTER LANDFALL...IDA IS
EXPECTED TO TURN EASTWARD.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 45 MPH...75 KM/HR
...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS EXPECTED...AND
IDA IS EXPECTED TO LOSE TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS LATER TODAY.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 175 MILES...280 KM
FROM THE CENTER.
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 999 MB...29.50 INCHES.
IDA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6
INCHES...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM STORM TOTALS OF 8 INCHES...THROUGH
WEDNESDAY EVENING FROM THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN GULF COAST ACROSS
THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES INTO THE SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC
A DANGEROUS STORM TIDE WILL RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 3 TO 5
FEET ABOVE GROUND LEVEL ALONG THE COAST NEAR AND TO THE EAST OF
WHERE THE CENTER MAKES LANDFALL. NEAR THE COAST...THE SURGE WILL BE
ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DESTRUCTIVE WAVES.
Three days of national mourning have begun in El Salvador following the deaths of at least 130 people in floods and landslides. Thousands are living in shelters as a result of the disaster and large parts of the country are without electricity and clean water. The areas around the capital, San Salvador, and the central province of San Vicente were hit hardest. President Mauricio Funes has declared a national emergency. At least 49 of the dead are believed to be children.