By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON – As we can expect for the next couple of days, some slight forecast adjustments will occur with both rainfall and wind speeds. As of late Sunday afternoon, we are now seeing a slight decrease of winds in AL for Monday into Tuesday. In addition, it appears due to timing and atmospheric conditions, the tornado threat has also decreased and is very low at this point.
The counties in dark red are now in a Tropical Storm Warning.
In the tropical storm warning area, sustained winds will be increasing to 25-35 mph (previously 30-50 mph) with gusts 50-60 mph (previously 70 mph) in southeast AL after midnight tonight, and spreading northward during the day on Monday.
For areas near and west of I65, sustained winds of 20-30 mph are expected, with gusts of 30-50 mph.
The winds will decrease substantially beginning late Monday night in the far southeast, and during the day on Tuesday in the north.
For areas west of I65, 1-3 inches of rain is likely through Tuesday with 2-4 inches and isolated higher amounts generally east of I65. There is some concern of the remnants of Irma remaining in the vicinity of the TN valley through the remainder the week, which could lead to additional heavy rain and isolated flash flooding for north AL.
All preparation should be completed by midnight tonight to secure any outdoor objects that could be tossed about with these wind speeds. Also, it is highly likely that trees and power lines will be downed tomorrow into Tuesday, causing sporadic power outages across the state.