By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON – Wednesday, 7:00 am September 6, 2023
Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms ahead of an approaching frontal boundary will affect areas mainly across the northern half of the state this afternoon and evening. A few storms north of I-59 will produce frequent lightning with heavy rainfall and may also produce damaging wind gusts and hail to quarter size. South of I-59 the storms will be weakening, and a couple of damaging wind gusts are possible during the evening hours.
Tropical Storm Lee has formed in the central Atlantic and rapid intensification is forecast, becoming a major hurricane on Friday. In fact, Lee will be at the upper end of a Category 4 on Saturday and very close to Category 5 strength (winds greater than 155 mph). Long-range forecasts keep Lee in the southwestern Atlantic, with uncertainty of how close the system will come to the vicinity of the Carolinas/Virginia late next week.