Lots of Rain & Isolated Tornadoes This Week… Wednesday Forecast Update – 8am #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday morning! 8am Update: Here’s the latest on Tropical Storm Cindy…

Winds are sustained at 60mph, with a track to the northwest at 8mph. Tropical Storm Warnings continue for the Alabama Gulf Coast and points west to Houston, TX. Cindy is not a very well organized system, as dry air and wind shear continue to battle the circulation from the southwest; in-fact, some weakening is possible before landfall Thursday morning in western Louisiana. The center of Cindy will turn north on Thursday, then cut northeast on Friday, moving into extreme northwest Alabama Friday night. By that point, this will be a weak tropical depression.

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Given the track of Cindy will be to our west, we’ll be on the unsettled east side of the circulation. I expect a lot of rain across Alabama over the next few days, with flash flooding possible as well. Given the extremely high moisture content with this system, showers and storms that form will dump an incredible amount of rain in a short period of time. The National Weather Service in Birmingham has triggered a flash flood watch for most of west and central Alabama to the south of Hamilton & Cullman.

Rain amounts of 3 to 6 inches are possible in the flash flood watch area. Given the already wet ground from recent rain, 3 to 6 inches of additional rain would cause flooding issues. Models suggest several heavy waves of rain will pass across our area today, tonight and on Thursday. By Friday, we’ll still be impacted by storms, but the banding features will be more scattered.

We will also need to watch out for the potential of isolated tornadoes beginning tonight for areas southwest of Tuscaloosa. The isolated tornado risk will extend northward on Thursday and include all of west Alabama, generally near and to the west of I-65. By Friday, all of west and central Alabama will be in a risk of isolated spin-up tornadoes. While the tornado risk doesn’t appear extremely high, tropical systems like this an easily produce a few quick, spin-up tornadoes. Tornadoes in a setup like this are typically EF-0 or EF-1. Very rare do stronger tornadoes form, but understand, weak tornadoes pose a risk of life and property. Have a source of weather information incase we get a tornado.

If a tornado warning is issued for our area, you can watch us live non-stop on WVUA/WUOA or online here: http://wvua23.com/severe-weather-happening-now-live-stream/

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

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

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

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