Tropical Storm Ida Update

The center of Tropical Storm Ida is currently located near Jackson, MS with maximum wind speeds of 30 MPH. The Tropical Storm Warnings/Storm Surge Warnings are set to expire at 12:30pm. Ida wrecked havoc on New Orleans and knocked out power to 100% of the city, according to Entergy. For an update on restoration from Entergy, see this article:

Closer to home, we are expected to start feeling the impacts from Ida tonight. Wind Advisories and Flash Flood Watches are up for almost our entire Coverage Area:

Tropical Storm Ida – NWS Birmingham
Tropical Storm Ida – NWS Huntsville
Tropical Storm Ida Track – RadarOmega

RAINFALL: The biggest story of any Tropical System is the rainfall. We’re looking to receive anywhere from 4-6″ on the western half of the state, and 2-4″ elsewhere. Flash flooding will also be a concern in some areas that receive repeated heavy rainfall.

[Image of WPC QPF U.S. rainfall potential]
[Image of WPC Flash Flooding/Excessive Rainfall Outlook]

WINDS: Will begin to pick up as Ida nears. Currently the forecast is for 30+ MPH winds with gusts up to 40. Winds could be felt as early as 8:00 PM Monday for west/northwest Alabama. Winds of this magnitude can easily topple over trees and power lines. Trees with saturated ground could fall more easily.

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TORNADOES: With any tropical system – especially on the outer edge of the system – there is the potential for tornadoes. Any tornadoes that do develop will be brief and weak (70+ MPH winds)

Please stay weather aware during this time. Heed all Warnings and have multiple ways to receive them.

Ida Makes Landfall; Potential Local Impacts

As of 12:10 PM August 29th, Hurricane Ida has made landfall as a Category 4 Major Hurricane. The image below is the direct text from the National Hurricane Center.

Around our neck of the woods, we will start seeing impacts from Ida Monday night and Tuesday from west to east. Threats will include flash flooding, strong gusty winds, and a few tornadoes. Flood Watches are in effect for portions of west Alabama up to Interstate 65

Tropical System Update; Flash Flood Watch Issued

Ahead of Potential-Tropical System 3 (which has yet to be named as of 5:30 CT), Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for the northern Gulf Coast including New Orleans LA to Destin FL. Key messages for PTS 3 are as follows:

Flash Flood Watches are up for the southern half of Alabama north towards the Birmingham Metro

Flash flood risk over the next 3 days will be greatest for these areas; however it is important to note that there will be a flood threat over the entire state:

Outside of the flood threat, tropical storm-force winds of at least 40 MPH will be possible in some spots: