Heavy rainfall, but no damage from Ida

Despite high winds and flooding throughout Shelby County Nov. 10, local weather officials reported no widespread damage from Tropical Storm Ida.

The National Weather Service office in Calera reported more than 4.5 inches of rain in central Shelby County from Nov. 9-11, and wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour across the region.

“The high winds knocked down a few trees, but it wasn’t very widespread or anything,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Westland. “The ground was just so wet that the wind was able to blow down some of the trees that weren’t firmly rooted. It also blew down some large branches and things like that.”

Flooding temporarily closed several roads across the county Nov. 10, but all roads had reopened by Nov. 11.