MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — WEDNESDAY’S TROPICAL STORM CINDY UPDATE FROM CBS 42 STORM TRACK TEAM:
Tropical Storm Cindy continues to push closer to the shoreline of Louisiana. Because Alabama sits on the eastern side of the storm system, we will experience the rainiest part of Cindy. Soaking showers just sitting over the coast of Alabama and Mississippi right now. There’s the chance of small spin up tornadoes towards the coast as well.
Today for Central Alabama: The rain will slowly push North throughout the day today. I think that rain chances will start going up south of I-20 by mid-morning. These will slowly continue moving north throughout the afternoon. Highs today will be at around 80°. I do think we need to be prepared for some isolated thunderstorms that could produce some locally heavy amounts of rainfall.
Tonight through Tomorrow: Rain chances will start going up as this system moves inland on Thursday. That will mean coverage will be increasing. Rainfall will transition more into North Alabama late Wednesday night into Thursday. I think Thursday will be the wettest day that we have all week. Although the severe weather threat will stay relatively low for central Alabama, we cannot rule out an occasional thunderstorm capable of producing some gusty winds and heavy rainfall.
Friday: Rain chances will remain in the forecast for Friday but they will slowly begin to dissipate during the evening hours. Highs on Friday will be around 80° as well.
In all, prepare for a wet end to this work week. And even through the weekend, I will keep on and off showers in the forecast both Saturday and Sunday. It may be a good idea to have a contingency plan for any outdoor activities for the rest of the week.
Tuesday, Alabama governor Kay Ivey declared a statewide State of Emergency ahead of the threat of severe weather from Tropical Storm Cindy.
The CBS 42 Storm Track team says a Coastal Flood Advisory and a Flash Flood Warning are posted for the Alabama coast through Thursday, with the potential of heavy rain totaling 5-7″ in some places.
Flooding is the most serious impact from any tropical system, and the Storm Track team says Cindy’s impacts are likely to be felt as far east as the Florida Panhandle.