As of this evening, Ida has weakened to a tropical depression and is spinning over western Mississippi. It will ride through the Tennessee Valley Tuesday, bringing more unneeded rain and perhaps the risk for tornadoes in the southeastern states. While a few showers could pop locally Tuesday afternoon, the moisture from Ida will remain south of the area for the time being.
Locally, Ida is expected to dump plenty of rainfall from late Tuesday night through early Thursday morning. 3-6″ of rain is expected for our region during that time, with the heaviest rain expected to fall Wednesday night. This won’t be a wind event but will likely be a flood event for some areas. The Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers should hold within their banks, but given the amount of rainfall expected, the rivers will be monitored closely. The main concern will be smaller streams and creeks, like the Yellow Breeches for example. Basements that typically take on water should be monitored. Plan now so you aren’t caught off guard Wednesday. This will bring a ton of water to the region and it’s always best to get a jump start on ensuring you do whatever you need to do in order to protect your property. Roads will likely be flooded at times too through Wednesday night. So remember, turn around, don’t drown. The slogan is corny, but the message could save your life. Don’t ever drive through flooded waters. It’s not worth the risk.
The abc27 weather team will continue to monitor Ida’s path and moisture over the next 48 hours. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been posted for our area from Wednesday into Thursday due to the expected rainfall. Any tweaks to the forecast will be communicated immediately, so check back often. In the meantime, prepare now if you live in a flood-prone area. Ida’s rain won’t be something to mess around with during go time. Stay tuned!
-Meteorologist Adis Juklo