**Updated 8:27 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009**
The state is scaling back efforts at the emergency operations center in Tallahassee, as Ida falls apart in the panhandle. Ida has been downgraded to a tropical depression after making landfall Tuesday morning in Alabama. The storm is expected to move east across the panhandle over the next 48 hours. Floridians need to keep an eye out for flooding.
In the wake of Ida, Alachua County will hardly be affected, but parts of Florida will feel some of the after effects of the storm. Strong northerly winds of 20 to 30 knots with occasional gusts will continue over the Gulf Coastal waters of Alabama and Northwest Florida through tonight. The strong winds will cause rough seas, creating a moderate to high risk to mariners.
Breezy north winds gusting up to 25 mph can be expected at times today across coastal zones.
Minor river flooding is forecast for the Shoal River near Crestview, Fla. from early this afternoon through tonight.
Rain is expected to continue in the South today as the weather
system continues tacking northeastward up the East Coast.
**Nov. 10, 2009**
Governor Charlie Crist declares State of Emergency.
Governor Charlie Crist has declared a state of emergency as Gulf Coast residents brace for Tropical Storm Ida to make landfall.
Ida may not be a hurricane anymore, but emergency managers in Tallahassee are working around the clock to coordinate their efforts with first responders.
We are three weeks away from making it though the 2009 hurricane season without a major storm.
But the governor declared a state of emergency sending the emergency operations center into full activation mode.
As Ida makes its way through the gulf many coastal communities are closing schools and opening emergency shelters.
"A storm doesn't have to be a hurricane to be life-threatening. I urge all Floridians as a result to be vigilant, to be careful and make sure that even in the aftermath of the storm to be cautious," said Gov. Crist.
Emergency workers are asking swimmers and boaters to keep an eye out for rip currents that will accompanying this storm and to stay out the water.
There is also a high risk of spinoff tornados over the next couple of days.
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