Alabama prepares for Hurricane Ida

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Hurricane Ida is gaining strength. 

In El Salvador, nearly 100 people are dead.  Strong winds and flooding are rampant as the Category 2 storm works her way to the Gulf Coast.

That doesn't phase residents near Mobile.  They're doubtful the growing storm will pack a punch.

"I'm not worried at all. It's a November storm. The Gulf waters aren't really that warm," said Tony Marzullo of Baldwin County.

'I packed away my hurricane preparedness box in October," said another resident.

Stowing the supplies may not be such a good idea. Alabama EMA tells WSFA 12 News the agency is already on high alert.

"We have additional staff on standby.  We have a heightened sense of awareness of what's going on," said Yasamie Richardson, Alabama EMA's Public Information Manager.

The coastal communities won't be the only parts of our state affected by Ida.

"The potential for heavy rain and heavy winds in Central Alabama is very high," Richardson continues.

While the Montgomery area waits, trouble may be brewing in the Gulf.  Some oil rigs have already stopped production in anticipation of the storm.

 "It's really going to hurt in both ways, because our necessities aren't really going to be there. At the same time, we can't get to them because gas is going to be too high," said Danielle Hooks of Montgomery.
 "It won't be so great on everybody's wallet, with the economy as it is," explained Michelle Voelker, also of Montgomery.

Regardless of the date, state emergency workers urge residents to get ready for anything mother nature throws our way.

"Make sure you have an emergency preparedness kit on hand. Make sure you have that communication plan also up to date, so if something happens, you know exactly what you're going to do in a timely manner," Richardson said.

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