Less Humid Friday… Hot Labor Day… Thursday Forecast Update – 5pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! We’re watching Hurricane Hermine move towards the Florida big bend this evening, with winds at 75mph. Some additional strengthening is possible before landfall tonight. We’re on the northwest side of the storm, so there’s only a few showers in Alabama. Temperatures will drop into lower 70s late tonight, with the risk of a few isolated showers.

A north breeze will continue on Friday at 6 to 12 mph, which will help to pull down drier air for a short period of time. Highs will top out in the upper 80s to near 90.

Labor Day Weekend will include plenty of sunshine and hot weather. Highs will reach the lower 90s, with lows in the lower 90s. An intense upper air ridge will develop early next week, with highs reaching the middle 90s Tuesday through Thursday…

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Good Thursday afternoon! An update from the National Hurricane Center bumps Tropical Storm Hermine up to a category 1 hurricane, with winds of 75mph. Fortunately, we’re running out of time for a significant amount of intensification. This hurricane will likely come inland between 75mph winds and 85mph winds just after midnight tonight.

Areas roughly from Destin to Panama City to Apalachicola to Tampa will feel the main impacts from this storm, with heavy rain, gusty winds. The main core of winds will be between Panama City and the big bend of Florida, where hurricane force winds are expected between now and 5am Friday morning. After that, conditions will quickly improve in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Please keep in mind, dangerous surf and rip currents will exist from southeast Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama to the Florida Gulf Coast through Friday, then gradually decrease over Labor Day weekend. Use extreme caution.

As for central Alabama…. We’ve got some scattered showers and storms rotating around the hurricane, with a light breeze out of the northeast today, becoming north tonight and Friday. Winds may gust to 20mph east of I-65 tonight and Friday, but that’s not a big deal at all… The damaging winds will remain well southeast of our local area.

HURRICANE HERMINE TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092016
155 PM CDT THU SEP 01 2016

…DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT
HERMINE HAS STRENGTHENED TO A HURRICANE…

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate
that maximum sustained winds in Hermine have increased to near 75
mph (120 km/h). Based on these data, Hermine is now upgraded to a
hurricane, the fourth hurricane of 2016 in the Atlantic basin.
SUMMARY OF 155 PM CDT…1855 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…28.1N 85.4W
ABOUT 115 MI…180 KM SSW OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA
ABOUT 175 MI…285 KM W OF TAMPA FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 30 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…988 MB…29.18 INCHES

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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