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Ida brings more than 4 inches of rain to area
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Wet weather moving through Georgia in advance of storms along the Gulf Coast dropped as much as 4 inches of rain in parts of the state and has pushed Lake Lanier over the 1072-foot level.

The Gainesville area received 4.13 inches of rain as of 9a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service’s automated monitoring station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

The level of Lake Lanier rose slightly after the day of mostly light but steady rain, up to 1,072.23 feet above sea level, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The rain is expected to move out today, with a 40 percent chance of rain mainly before 1 p.m. in Gainesville. The rest of the week and the weekend is expected to remain sunny and mild with a slight chance of rain back into the forecast for Monday.

The state remained under a flash flood watch through this morning.

Tropical Storm Ida weakened to a depression after moving ashore, causing little damage along the Gulf Coast but bringing more rain to the already-soaked Southeast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Ida’s center first touched land on Dauphin Island, Ala., before heading across Mobile Bay toward the Alabama mainland and on to Florida.

Top winds dropped to near 35 mph as Ida weakened.

Forecasters said it likely would be absorbed by a front today.

Tropical storm warnings were discontinued Tuesday morning across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Forecasters said the storm had spread most of its heavy rain along the Gulf Coast ahead of Ida’s center.

Rain continued Tuesday afternoon in Tennessee, the Carolinas and Georgia, where flooding was a concern.

In Louisiana, authorities continued their search for 70-year-old fisherman Leo Ancalade, who was presumed dead after he was knocked off his boat by a wave as Ida approached Monday.

The Coast Guard said he was towing friends whose small boat lost power in the Mississippi River.

No other U.S. deaths were reported, but earlier in the week, a low-pressure system that the hurricane may have helped attract triggered flooding and landslides in El Salvador that killed at least 130 people.

The storm shut down nearly a third of oil and natural gas production in the Gulf as companies moved workers ahead of Ida, but demand was so low due to the economic downturn that energy prices barely budged. Oil companies said they would quickly fly workers back out to platforms to restart operations.

Scattered power outages were reported, but water that filled parking lots and roadsides in coastal Alabama late Monday was gone by daybreak Tuesday.