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FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Ida forms, expected to become a hurricane

Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 5:36 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 8:52 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Tropical Storm Ida formed over the Caribbean Thursday. We expect this system to lift north across the Gulf of Mexico this weekend and become a powerful hurricane. The system is forecast to make a landfall Sunday night along the Louisiana Gulf Coast, possibly southeast Louisiana.

IMPACTS ALONG THE ALABAMA GULF COAST: While a landfall is expected west of the Alabama Gulf Coast, impacts will extend well east of the center. This will include a potential risk of dangerous surf, high rip currents, storm surge, tropical storm force winds, and tornadoes. This threat would start to ramp-up on Sunday and continue into Monday.

LOCAL IMPACTS: If the forecast track doesn’t change, we will be looking at a threat of gusty winds, rain, and isolated tornadoes for Monday and possibly Tuesday. It’s been a while since we’ve had a tornado threat, so I would review my severe weather plan and make sure you have multiple ways to receive alerts in the event this threat materializes next week. One great tool you can download for FREE is our WBRC First Alert Weather app.

THE REST OF THE WEEK: In the meantime, the weather will remain in summer mode locally. We will have highs nearing 90º through the weekend, which is close to average. However, scattered storms will be likely, especially in the afternoon and evening hours. If you have plans to attend one of the high school football games or concerts happening this weekend, plan for the possibility of storms. No organized severe weather is expected through Saturday, although some storms could be strong, with intense lightning and locally heavy rain.

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