Tropical Storm IDA Heads to near Mobile

(from Meteorologist Oscar Fann)

Tropical Storm Ida appears headed to a landfall early Tuesday morning near or just west of Mobile.

Areas to the east of landfall are at the most risk from hurricanes and tropical storms.

The following weather update should help you in your planning and shows you where to find answers to questions about tropical systems affecting our WTVY-TV coverage area.

Stay tuned to WTVY-TV Today through Wednesday for updates on this weather situation or go to our web channel at www.wtvynews4.com

Early Week Outlook
Coastal TROPICAL STORM WARNING for late Monday into early Tuesday.
Inland TROPICAL STORM WIND WARNING late Monday through Tuesday
FLOOD WATCH in effect for all through Tuesday evening
Heavy Rain and Tropical Storm Winds are a threat for all
Coastal Flooding is a concern Monday night into early Tuesday
(details on all the above below)

Monday

FLOOD WATCH
Cloudy..WINDY..East wind 10-20 with gusts near 25
Higher winds nearer the coast
Periods of rain..mostly light..heavier amounts nearer the coast
High in the upper 60s

Tonight -
FLOOD WATCH
Periods of rain..heavy at times
WINDY..East wind 15-25 with gusts near 35
Higher winds nearer the coast
Low in the 60s

Tuesday
FLOOD WATCH
Periods of Rain..heavy at times in the morning
Rain tapers off to showers during the afternoon
WINDY..East wind 15-25 with gusts near 35

Tuesday night
FLOOD WATCH ends
Showers ending late
Winds decrease a little, becoming NE 10-20

Additional Information.....

Ida was downgraded to a tropical storm earlier this morning and should weaken more as it moves through even cooler north Gulf waters tonight. Landfall for now appears to be early Tuesday morning around Mobile, possibly back toward the Alabama-Mississippi line.

The main concern appears to be potential heavy rains. 2 to 5+ inches of rain is likely for most of us between now and Tuesday night.

Secure light weight outdoor furniture and expect a few tree limbs or trees (mainly older and weaker ones) to come down. Also, there is a remote chance of a very isolated quick hitting and short lived tornado late Monday into Tuesday.

There is a slight chance of a localized power outage in the WTVY-TV coverage area from tonight through Tuesday. Also, a brief high wind gust or a downed tree/limb could cause a power outage.

A 2 to 5 foot storm surge could make Coastal Flooding a significant concern in nearly all coastal areas later Monday night into Tuesday morning. In addition, high tides will occur shortly after midnight Tuesday morning around the time of Ida's landfall. High Tides occurring at nearly the same time as landfall will aggrevate the coastal flooding and cause higher water levels. If you live on the coast, pay close attention during Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Periods of rain, likely heavy and possible thunder will occur tonight through the day on Tuesday as weakening Ida moves from west to east near the Alabama/Georgia/Florida line and will reform as a low off the Georgia/Carolina coast later Wednesday. Rains should be ending later Tuesday night.

NOTE: From Monday morning until these concerns end sometime Wednesday there will be one or more WTVY-TV meteorologists on duty watching the situation.

For more on IDA and for more hurricane/tropical storm readiness tips, CLICK the 4WARN HURRICANE CENTER icon on our weather page at www.wtvynews4.com/weather


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