Sally Bringing Heavy Rain and Strong Winds to the Area
Hurricane Sally has weakened back down to a Category 1 hurricane due to wind sheer and colder water upwelling to the surface, but still could deliver life-threatening storm surge to the Gulf Coast. She’s expected to make landfall sometime tomorrow morning near Gulf Shores, AL still as a Category 1.
We’re already starting to feel the effects of Sally in our area with pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall as the winds start to pick up. By tonight, we’ll have sustained winds between 10 and 20 mph out of the east which will pick up to 15 to 25 mph on Wednesday with gusts over 35 mph possible. There is a MARGINAL risk for severe storms Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning with damaging winds the main threat, but cannot rule out a tornado.
We’re expecting 4-6″ of rainfall through Friday morning with some spots having a chance to get over 8″. Flash flooding remains a big concern. A quick reminder- if you come across a road covered in water, do NOT drive through it. Turn around, don’t drown!
That’s enough of the bad news. Here’s some good news:
A cold front coming out of the northwest will steer what’s left of Sally to the east away from our area as we approach the weekend. This will usher in fall-like conditions that could last through the middle part of next week. We’ll be looking at highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s and 60s with dry conditions and lower humidity under lots of sunshine.
-Chief Meteorologist Miller Robson
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