Midday Check On Central Alabama’s Weather; Barry Weakens To A Tropical Storm After Landfall

At 12:45 PM, we have one of the rainbands moving northward over the I-65 corridor that includes pockets of very heavy rainfall along with some lightning. While the forecast track of Barry has been shifted farther to the west, we may still have to worry about an isolated brief spin-up tornado. One cell located over Butler County has shown some transient rotation, but was very weak and was no threat of spawning a tornado.

We’ll continue to have numerous to widespread tropical showers and thunderstorms throughout the rest of the day with most of the activity occurring along and west of the I-65 corridor. Highs will be in the mid-80s to the lower 90s. Rain will dissipate for much of the area as we get into the late night and overnight hours, but scattered to numerous showers and storms will remain possible over the southwestern parts of the area due to Barry. Lows will be in the lower to mid-70s.

Barry is back down to a tropical storm as the main center of circulation has made landfall very close to Intracoastal City, Louisiana. Winds are down to 70 MPH and the minimum pressure is back up to 996 MB. Movement is now to the northwest at 6 MPH.

Even though Barry is weakening in wind speed, flooding rains, very strong winds, and dangerous storm surge will continue for several more hours along the Gulf Coast. Also, a few tornadoes are possible through tonight across the southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi, and southern Alabama.

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