We are seeing a little reduction in rain activity over the northern half of the area at 12:30 pm, with most of the action taking place in the extreme southern parts of the area and down into South Alabama. We still have some scattered showers with a few heavier pockets embedded, especially over parts of Jefferson and Shelby counties. All of this activity is moving from the south-southwest to the north-northeast.
Even though we are seeing a little less in coverage across Central Alabama at the moment, we will continue to have a very high chance of widespread rain and thunderstorms throughout the rest of the afternoon and into the evening hours. Rain could be heavy in spots and some localized flash flooding issues may be seen. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 70s to the mid-80s across the area. Activity will start to decrease this evening and through the overnight hours especially from west to east, but we’ll still have a good chance of showers and a few thunderstorms across the area. Lows will be in the upper 60s to the lower 70s.
Showers and thunderstorms will remain likely again on Tuesday but coverage will be a little less as rain chances will be around 60%. We will remain in a very moist air pattern and we could see some heavy downpours in spots, which could lead to some localized flash flooding issues. Highs will be in the upper 80s to the lower 90s.
Tropical Storm Dorian is packing winds at 60 MPH at this point and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday afternoon. It is moving to the west-northwest at 14 MPH for now but will take a more northwesterly path starting late tomorrow or early Wednesday. We’ll have to really keep our eyes on Dorian as it is now forecast to stay at tropical storm strength after moving over the Dominican Republic and makes a path for the Bahamas and South Florida.
We also have a disturbance located well off of the South Carolina coastline and is in an area where development is likely. We should have a depression or Tropical Storm Erin later today or tomorrow morning. There will be no threat to the US as the projected path will be off to the northeast and out to open sea. The Gulf of Mexico is quiet at this point.
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