FIRST ALERT: Flooding rains possible with land falling tropical system

Updated: Jun. 19, 2021 at 6:33 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - There is a risk of localized flooding along and south of I-20 as Tropical Depression Claudette moves across the region.

There will continue to be a low risk for localized flooding along and south of I-20 Sunday as the remnants of the system moves. Claudette continues to move northeast with the bulk of the heaviest rain moving in from Southwest Alabama. Early morning high winds impacted the Alabama and Northwest Florida Gulf Coasts, but the greatest concerns continue for heavy rains especially in areas to the south and west as the storm moves across the state. The more likely chance for stronger storms with winds gusting up to 30-mph will be in South and Southeast Alabama where the tornado potential is also higher and there is a Marginal Risk for Severe Storms.

The risk for heavier rain fall has been reduced for this event although rainfall totals up to four inches are still possible south of I-20. After highs today around 75, Sunday highs will be warming to around 85 as the rain continues moving north and east.

Remnant moisture lingers across the state following the passage of the tropical system and a southerly wind flow will continue into the beginning of the week. Coupled with afternoon heating and an approaching cold front which will enter the area Tuesday morning there will be an ongoing chance for rain and thunderstorms through the first half of the week. The rain areas will move from northwest to southeast throughout the day Tuesday as the front moves across Central Alabama.

This will be followed by a building ridge of high pressure accompanied by a brief return to drier air over the region but there will still be an increasing moisture return as southerly winds bring the rain chances north with increasing rain chances by week’s end and heading into next weekend.

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