Update on the Alabama Weather Situation at 10:30 a.m.

| September 11, 2017 @ 10:38 am

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The center of now Tropical Storm Irma is near Lake City, Florida this morning, about 90 miles west of Jacksonville. It has been a rough night across North Florida with sustained tropical storm force winds over a wide area with occasional gusts to hurricane force.

There has been record flooding on the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, where a flash flood emergency remains in effect for the downtown area and other areas along the river. Jacksonville International recorded a hurricane force wind gust of 86 mph at 3:48 a.m. as the heaviest feeder band rolled through. 9.82 inches of rain fell during the storm at JAX, including 9.01 in the 24 hours that ended at 8 a.m.

It will go down as the second wettest day at the Airport. Records go back to 1938.

Tropical storm force winds cover a large part of southern Georgia and northern Florida. Tropical storm force gusts are being felt across Southeast Alabama. Winds are gusting to 39 mph at Dothan. Ozark has winds gusting to 34 mph.

The strongest winds are in the large heavy rain shield that extends from Mariana, FL up into SE Alabama and wraps back into South Central Georgia. Trees have been reported down near Macon and near Eastman in Georgia. At Perry GA, winds are gusting to 44 mph.

it is breezy across Central Alabama with winds averaging 8-16 mph out of the northeast. It is cool as well, with temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for counties across East Alabama, with a wind advisory for the rest of the state. In the tropical storm warning area, winds will increase through the day, averaging 15-25 mph by noon and increasing to 30-35 mph with gusts to tropical storm force. The strongest winds will be after noon when sustained winds could increase to 45 mph with gusts to 55 mph.

In the wind advisory area, winds will average 20-35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. The strongest winds will occur after 3 p.m. Trees will be downed with power outage possible.

Clouds have overspread just about every inch of Alabama at this hour except for the western border counties. Rain covers almost all areas east of I-65. The rain is not especially heavy, but it is steady. Rainfall amounts are expected to be in the 3-4 inch range across eastern Alabama tapering to around 2.5 inches in the I-65 Corridor and to around 1.5 inches across southwestern sections. Flooding is not expected, but we will be monitoring.

The good news is that tornadoes are not expected in Alabama. There is a chance of tornadoes today along the Georgia and South Carolina coastlines.


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