Isaac is making his presence know across central Alabama today, with lots of clouds and scattered tropical downpours. A new tornado watch has been issued for far southwest Alabama and this does not include counties in the Fox 6 coverage area. We will continue to experience scattered shower and isolated thunderstorm activity throughout the rest of today. The general rain motion will be from south-southeast to northwest.
There are lots of questions locally regarding the tornado potential and wind impact as Isaac moves inland. We are happy to report that the present track and forecast shows the main tropical storm force wind field remaining well south of our area. Tropical storm forced winds (39 MPH+) extend out 185 miles so these gusts should be felt along the Alabama coasts. A sustained 60 MPH was measured at the Mouth of the Mississippi River.
Based on the latest track, the Storm Prediction Center has shifted the primary tornado risk zone for tomorrow into far southwest Alabama. We still caution areas south of Tuscaloosa and West of Clanton to keep a close eye on the weather tomorrow. Sometimes rain bands spiraling into the cyclone center can trigger quick spin-up tornadoes. The good news is that the chance for any severe weather activity associated with Isaac is very low. We will keep you posted as this hurricane closes in on southeast Louisiana and New Orleans. We will be bringing you LIVE top of the hour updates throughout the afternoon.
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt