4WARN: Tropical Update
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Hurricane Sally has now formed. Winds are at 90 mph and are still expected to increase over the next few hours.
Hurricane Sally will bring impacts to the Wiregrass. They include: Periods of gusty winds ( 30+ mph) and excessive rainfall. The overcast skies are already with us and they will be lasting for the rest of the week. We will start to see scattered showers ahead of the main storm by this afternoon. Expect more showers by tomorrow as the hurricane makes its way closer to the coastline.
A landfall is projected to occur by Tuesday afternoon on the southern Mississippi coastline. This positions us to be on the eastern side of the storm, which is the rainy side. Rain showers will be lasting to roughly Thursday night/Friday afternoon.
Forecast models are estimating a possible rainfall accumulation of 3″ or greater by the end of the week. This is a likely situation as the upper air patterns are going to keep Sally on the coastlines for several hours as the movement of Sally will be slowing greatly as it makes its ways closer to the coastline. This would be on tomorrow when we see steady periods of showers that will continue all day.
Our tropical tornado threat remains low, since the storm will be moving so slowly. There is still a small likelihood of spontaneous tornadoes, but they any that do spin up would be very weak and brief.
We are continuing to monitor all the latest updates regarding Sally and will be keeping you informed the entirety of the storm.
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