The remnants of Hurricane Ida are expected to dump a couple of inches of rain on the Midlands today, according to the National Weather Service.
A high pressure system over the East Coast should keep the worst of Ida's rain south of the Midlands, but today still should be nasty for doing anything outside. Significant rain is expected throughout the day, clearing out early Wednesday. The National Weather Service estimates about 2.5 inches of rain could fall.
Ida, which hovered off the Gulf Coast at tropical storm strength on Monday, serves as a reminder hurricane season continues through the end of November. Portions of the Gulf Coast are expected to get up to eight inches of rain.
While tropical rain in November is rare in South Carolina, at least four other tropical systems have had an impact on the state during the 11th month - in 1904, 1946, 1985 and 1994. Hurricane Kate dumped 1.97 inches of rain on Columbia on Nov. 22, 1985.
- Joey Holleman