Weather Update

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A weak cold front has settled into the area, and it doesn’t look like it will be moving all the way through. This will be the main player in our weather for the next several days. It will be the focal point for scattered thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday around West Alabama. Some of the storms can be rather strong, with heavy douwpours, frequent lightning and gusty winds over the next several days. What’s left of the front will stay in the area into the holiday weekend, and because of that I can’t rule out some isolated storms into early next week. Generally for the next seven days, highs will be around the 90-degree mark, give or take a few degrees, with overnight lows in the low 70s.

Tropical Storm Alex is forecast to become Hurricane Alex late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The storm will likely remain a category one hurricane before it makes landfall, now projected just south of the U.S./Mexican border during the very early morning hours Thursday. Alex will end its life cycle as a tropical low over the mountainous regions of central Mexico. Severe flooding in portions of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico is possible. Some areas could see 20 inches of rain from this system!

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Alex is having some effects on clean-up and containment of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Tuesday, Coast Guard officials say they brought back in skimming ships and that all clean-up efforts have been stopped off the Louisiana coast. BP officials said Tuesday that all skimmers were idled off the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. The outer edges of Alex are causing more numerous thunderstorms in the northern Gulf and stronger winds which are causing rough seas. Waves were reported as high as 12 feet Tuesday in some areas of the Gulf.

You can get the latest information on Alex from the National Hurricane Center by clicking here.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather

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