BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - TRACKING HEAVY RAIN AND STORMS: Another surge of rain and storms has impacted the area from south to north this evening. The storms are weakening and this weather should slowly dissipate through midnight. Temperatures will be falling into the low 70s. You can expect a very similar weather setup for Sunday, with a period of hot and humid weather followed by the chance for a passing storm or shower. High on Sunday will be in the lower 90s.
HURRICANE HANNA MAKES LANDFALL: The first hurricane of the 2020 season has made a landfall at Padre Island Texas, south of Corpus Christi. Hanna underwent a significant strengthening phase today, with a well defined structure and eye wall. The maximum sustained wind at landfall had reached 90 mph, with maximum gusts as high as 115 mph. So the system made landfall as a strong category one hurricane. Hanna will continue moving west and further inland overnight with gradual weakening.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK: So the big question is will Hanna impact our weather? I don’t expect the system to re-curve to the northeast or directly impact our region. However, a big plume of tropical moisture located east of Hanna will be building in our direction and helping to fuel scattered storms and showers in the days ahead.
There will be a slight change in the pattern next week as the deeper moisture builds into the region. It’s going to continue to feel very humid and tropical, especially by the middle of the week. You should have time for outdoor activities through late morning each day but storms will be likely each afternoon, so keep an eye to the sky. We will need to monitor for the risk of localized flooding with storms that materialize. An upper level disturbance will be moving overhead by late week so this will keep us in a stormy pattern through at-least Friday. The heat levels will back off slightly but the extremely muggy air is going to have a big impact on comfort levels. I will have more specifics on rain chances for next week and I’ll share the updated 24 hour forecast radar, after baseball tonight on WBRC Fox6 News.