Panic did ensue fueled by the media as is the norm. The normal few didn’t run en masse looking for a room on Interstate 65 North.
CNN vans did appear for the massive destruction that didn’t happen.
McDonalds did close on the day after the storm or didn’t open the day after the storm – depending on your point of view. BagelHeads, on the other hand, did open for business on the day after Ida
Pensacola Beach didn’t get washed away neither did Perdido Key, Dauphin Island or any or the other barrier islands. Water did cover some of the beach roads in spots.
The Pensacola Bay Bridge didn’t get swept away by the massive storm surge and waves. It did get scrubbed and all litter removed by the fierce 25 mph winds.
Wal-Mart did sell out of water, bread and batteries very early in the day before Ida arrived. Water, bread and batteries didn’t sell out at the other stores in the area. Neither did ice or good sense.
The Emergency Operations units of several local counties did meet to assess the situation, produce threats and managed to close the local schools. They didn’t get to use their damage assessment units as there was no damage.
School children did get to enjoy a 5 day holiday as opposed to a 1 day holiday. Parents, who had to take the day off from work didn’t get paid and didn’t enjoy it.
One lonely soul did show up at Discovery Day Care to drop his child off so he could go to work. Discovery Day Care didn’t open.
324 people did lose power due to the non-hurricane. Thousands of people didn’t lose power due to the non-hurricane.
In 2009, only 2 non-hurricanes/tropical storms/tropical depressions, Claudette and Ida, did hit the United States. Both hit Pensacola, FL. Pensacola, FL didn’t (to my knowledge anyway) do anything to piss off Mother Nature.