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Ida brings rain, wind, but no damage

Tropical Storm Ida brought heavy wind and rain to Butler County, but little damage during its slow trek across the Alabama-Florida state line on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We had reports of about two or three trees down and some water across the roads, but nothing major,” said Butler County EMA Bob Luman.

Luman said the county received an estimated 3.3 inches of rain on Tuesday night as Ida made landfall in Mobile and began moving north towards Butler County.

As of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Ida had weakened to a tropical depression and was centered along the Alabama-Florida state line near Florala, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was expected to follow a path eastward and move into Florida on Wednesday evening.

Luman said the county had been “extremely lucky” because the stormy weather had not caused any automobile accidents.

“We lucked out this time,” he said. “And maybe this is the last one.”

Hurricane season typically runs from June 1 to November 30.