Thursday Eve Thoughts on Tropics… 6:30pm #alwx @wvua23

We continue to watch tropical storm Barry this evening, very slowly moving west. Winds are at 40mph and strengthening is expected until landfall on Saturday on the Louisiana coast.

For the Alabama Gulf Coast and points east to Panama City, expect periods of rain with a light breeze. I don’t expect wind to be an impact there. Waves and rip currents will be a serious risk, so stay out of the water. The rain will not last all day, but I expect a good chance of occasional showers and storms through Sunday.

For central AL, expect a good chance of occasional showers and storms through Sunday. Keep in mind, there will be big breaks between storms. Storms will dump some really heavy rain in a short period of time. Wind will be no issue directly related to Barry, but storms could generally produce gusty winds.

Rain amounts of 2-4″ will be possible over west AL, with generally 1-2″ east of I-65.

Severe weather is unlikely, but I can’t rule out an isolated tornado in west AL on Saturday or Sunday. That risk depends on the track of Barry.

Richard Scott

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Tropical Storm Barry has formed… Thursday 10am Update

Tropical storm Barry has officially formed. Winds at 40mph. Landfall early Saturday in southeast Louisiana as a category 1 hurricane. This will bring rain at times through the weekend across Alabama. #alwx @wvua23