Big Rains… Isolated Tornadoes Ahead… Tropical Update: 10:30pm Tuesday #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday evening! Here’s a late evening update… As of 10:30pm, the National Hurricane Center has extended the tropical storm warning east to include the Alabama Gulf Coast, westward to Houston, TX. Winds have increased to 60mph with Tropical Storm Cindy, but most of the convection remains displaced to the northeast of the center of circulation, which means winds should not get much stronger…

For the Alabama & Mississippi Gulf Coast: Expect torrential rains to continue tonight on Wednesday and Thursday, with winds gusting between 30mph and 50mph. Coastal water rises of 1 to 4 feet are expected tonight and Wednesday. Rain amounts of 10 to 15 inches between now and Thursday along the immediate gulf coast of Alabama and Mississippi. Wave heights between now and Thursday will range from 6 to 12 feet. Isolated tornadoes are possible tonight through Thursday.

For the Florida Panhandle near and west of Panama City: Periods of heavy rain will continue, with rain totals of 5 to 10 inches likely through Thursday. Isolated tornadoes are possible tonight through Thursday. Wave heights of 5 to 10 feet are possible, with winds gusting to 35mph.

For the Louisiana Gulf Coast: Expect very heavy rain to continue tonight, Wednesday and Thursday. Winds near the coast will gust over 60mph, with water rises along the beach of 2 to 5 feet. Wave heights will continue to approach 6 to 12 feet.

For west & central Alabama (our local area): Look for periods of rain tonight, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Rain could be heavy at times, as deep tropical moisture gets pulled into our area. Wind will not be an issue in our area, but pressure gradient winds of 10mph out of the east to east northeast are expected. Rain amounts of 2 to 6 inches will be possible for areas west of I-65 and south of I-20. Rain amounts of 2 to 4 inches will be possible across the rest of central Alabama, depending on where the heaviest rain bands track. Rain will come in several waves, meaning there will be a few hours of heavy rain, with some breaks in between. Rain bands will become more scattered by Friday.

With a increase in wind shear due to the landfalling tropical storm, there is a chance of isolated tornadoes on Thursday and Friday, mainly across west Alabama. We’ll watch that risk very carefully, as our area will be in a favorable environment for a few rotating storms.

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

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

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