Detailed Look at Your Local Forecast…Tropical Update… 4:30pm Tuesday #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Our local weather remains very unsettled due to a tropical storm over the northern Gulf and a stationary frontal boundary across central Alabama. At 4:30pm, showers and storms are scattered across a good portion of central Alabama, mainly near and south of I-20, with a widespread soaking rain near and south of US HWY 80. Expect occasional showers to continue through this evening and tonight, with the most widespread rain occurring south of I-20 during the overnight hours.

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The low in the Gulf is officially Tropical Storm Cindy, with winds sustained at 45mph. The forecast track takes the center of Cindy inland on the Texas/Louisiana boarder as a tropical storm. Take note of the center of the storm and all of the deep convection to the north and east of the center. While the center of Cindy will remain west of Alabama, we will be in the axis of deep tropical moisture and big rains.

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Rain amounts will be impressive across Alabama this week and into the weekend, with cumulative totals of 4 to 6 inches over portions of west Alabama and 2 to 4 inches for the rest of central and east Alabama. Keep in mind, all of that will not fall at once, but I expect several waves of rain and storms each day this week and into the weekend. Rain will be heavy at times and may last for several hours at a time. Keep the umbrella handy for the rest of the week. Yes, there will be breaks in the rain, but rain is possible at literally any time each day and night through Sunday. Rain amounts near the Alabama Gulf Coast will approach 1 foot!

There is a low end risk of a few isolated rotating storms on Thursday and Friday, as wind shear increases due to Cindy. While the tornado risk appears low at the moment, I can’t rule out an isolated spin-up tornado or two, as is the case with nearly all land-falling tropical systems. Even though we’ll be well to the east of the center, we will still be in the zone where isolated severe weather will become possible. Be weather alert especially on Thursday and Friday, when storms become a little more cellular and have the higher potential to rotate.

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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