Let me repeat that. Hurricanes "Bill" and "Ida" are coming in 2009. Folks, this is not a drill. Buy your plywood. Fill your bath tubs. Make sure the generator runs. Get ready.
I can likely predict how this will go. Since they pick names in the order of the alphabet, "Bill" will be an early season tropical storm, likely in the far southern Gulf Coast. Characteristically, he will be a relatively normal, tired early season storm, maybe not even reaching hurricane strength. He'll be early to form, and early to fizzle out (as depicted here).
Hurricane 'Ida", on the other hand, will be a completely different story. Ida will form early, and become a persistent, ever-present force. You will know when she hass arrived, and she will definitely leave a memorable mark in her wake. She will be very windy; sustained winds will be of high magnitude. One thing is for sure, it will not be easy to forget Hurricane Ida once she is gone. Likely a Gulf Coast hurricane, Ida likes a good party, so it is only fitting that New Orleans is where she makes her landfall.
There you have it folks. Hurricanes "Bill" and "Ida", coming in 2009. Prepare yourself. Now.