August 31, 2008 Leave a comment
A good Sunday evening to you! The weather is beginning to go downhill for much of south Louisiana and Mississippi, as tropical rain bands move into the area. There have been reports of a 44 mph wind gust in Gulfport, MS. Closer to home, there was an estimated wind gust close to 70 MPH in Elmore County, which is just north of Montgomery. Trees were also reported down in that area. So far, there has been no word on whether or not that was a tornado. That storm is moving westward through Chilton County.
The latest advisory has the pressure in Gustav lowering, which is a sign of intensification. It is a category 3 hurricane, with winds of 115 mph. It is not out of the question that it could develop into a category 4 before moving into southeast Louisiana tomorrow morning.
In the Tuscaloosa area, we will see more rain develop and move into the area. With the rain, we will have some breezy conditions, with an isolated tornado warning possible. We will be on the northeast side of Gustav, so that puts us under the risk for some tornadic storms to fire up tomorrow and Tuesday. Much like what we dealt with when Fay moved through, we could see some brief, spin-up tornadoes. Keep an eye to our television station for the latest watches and warnings on our crawl. Also, we will have frequent weather updates on the blog page over the next few days. If a tornado warning is issued for our area, we will break into programming; also, we stream severe weather coverage on Catfish 102.9 fm.
The rain will finally move out Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Skies will really clear out by then, with highs in the upper 80s. There is still a chance for a stray storm on through the weekend, with mostly sunny skies. We will have a full update tonight at 10 p.m. on our live newscast. Be sure to join us then!
We know that numerous evacuees from neighboring states may be visiting West Alabama late in the weekend. If you have friends or family evacuating, or if you are an evacuee planning on visiting West Alabama over the weekend, be sure to listen to our partner station “Welcome 103.3 FM” for streaming information on hotels/places to stay. We also provide weather for all of the hotels on the station “Traveln Alabama.” Click here for streaming coverage and plenty information on places stay. If severe weather conditions develop locally you can always count on detailed weather coverage with our partners at Catfish 102.9 FM!
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