FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Fred will bring gusty winds and showers to parts of east Alabama beginning overnight

Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 5:17 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2021 at 10:06 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - TROPICAL STORM FRED made a landfall today at Cape San Blas, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. The Tropical Storm will continue to weaken as it moves north near the Alabama and Georgia state line. The heaviest rain and more significant impacts will be east of our area. However, we could have some wind gusts over 30 mph in places like Oxford, Ashland, Piedmont, Heflin, Alexander City, and Wedowee. The greatest chance for rain overnight will be closer to the center of circulation, east of I-65. I’d plan on some wet weather along the 431 corridor in East Alabama. The greatest impacts from Fred will happen before lunchtime.

FIRST ALERT FOR SCATTERED STORMS WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: Fred will quickly lift out of the region by tomorrow night, but we will be tracking another disturbance that will keep rain chances elevated through Thursday. The muggy air will linger, with highs nearing 90º on Wednesday. Scattered storms and showers will be likely. As far as our area is concerned, the greater impacts this week will be the risk of scattered storms with intense lightning and locally heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday. The greatest chance for storms will be during the peak heating of the day. Scattered storms may continue to materialize late into the evening on Wednesday and Thursday.

THE END OF THE WEEK AND WEEKEND: The tropical system Grace is expected to remain well south of our area. This system will be crossing the Caribbean and moving towards Mexico. So for now, no impacts are expected. Our rain chances will start to back off on Friday and especially this weekend as high pressure to our west builds over Alabama. This will set the stage for hotter weather, with highs back in the 90s and triple digit heat index levels. We will continue to mention a chance for a pop-up afternoon storm, but the coverage will be more isolated. The chance for scattered storms will start to increase again early next week. Tropical storm Henri also formed in the Atlantic today. I’ll have updates on that system, plus the latest on Fred, starting at 9 p.m.

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