Tropical Update: Zeta Expected In Wiregrass Wednesday Night
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to regain strength as a hurricane by the later afternoon hours. As is makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico it will quickly gain speed and approach the Louisiana coastline by Wednesday evening.
Zeta will travel into the southern Louisiana coastline on Wednesday evening (close to 7pm) as a category 1 hurricane. It will then directly travel towards the southern coastline of Mississippi, likely dropping up to 8 inches of rain. As it continues inland towards the northeast it will lose strength and become a tropical storm.
It will enter central Alabama by the early morning hours on Thursday. By then, the southeastern portion of the state will be experiencing steady rainfall and the threat of tropical storm force winds (39-73 mph). The storm will still have a quick speed to it, and should be exiting Alabama by late afternoon hours on Thursday.
Our primary threats will be gusty winds and a slight possibility for spin up tornadoes. Since the storm will NOT remain stationary over the Wiregrass, our rainfall totals will likely only be close to an inch or so. Our timing for this threat will likely be between 4am-9am. This is when the center of circulation will be positioned over central AL. Here is a look at the rainfall estimation totals lasting into Thursday evening.
Following behind Zeta will be a cooler air mass that will return the fall temperatures to the Wiregrass. Stay updated with the 4
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