FIRST ALERT UPDATE: At the time of this update, Tropical Depression #9 was centered about 170 miles west-southwest of Key West, Florida. The system is moving west at a slow 7mph and some additional strengthening is possible this afternoon and evening. The system may become tropical storm Hermine or Ian. Most of the dynamical model data shows a northeast turn towards the Big Bend Area of Florida on Wednesday, as a cold front approaches the region. Right now the cone of uncertainty track includes areas as far west as Panama City, FL and as far east as Tampa, FL. The primary impacts from a landfall will likely occur on Thursday and possibly linger into Friday. As the system approaches the Gulf Coast, the chance for scattered showers and storms will increase for places like Destin and Panama City on Wednesday and Thursday. Based on the current forecast track, the heaviest rain (6”+ totals) will impact the Florida Peninsula. If you are traveling to the coast for Labor Day weekend, you can expect improving weather beginning on Friday.
LOCAL IMPACTS: Based on the latest forecast for TD#9, I’m expecting minimal impacts across our part of the state. In fact, we will have mostly dry weather through the remainder of the week. A few isolated pop-up showers and storms may develop later today in the easterly flow. Highs this afternoon will be in the low to mid 90s. We will have more sunshine for the next few days and it may be a bit breezy at times, with only a stray shower or two late. As the tropical system passes to our southeast, a drier flow will take over. This will set the stage for lots of sunshine and less muggy weather for Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be in the 80s this weekend!
GASTON & TD8: We’re expecting Tropical Depression #8 to near the Outer Banks of North Carolina tomorrow night as possibly a tropical storm. The system is also expected to turn north and then northeast over the Atlantic. So a direct landfall is not expected. Gaston remains a powerful Hurricane over the central Atlantic. This system is now drifting north at 2mph and is not expected to change direction and move west. You can get the latest tropical tracks on our First Alert Weather App. I will also have updates beginning at Noon on WBRC.
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt