Hurricane Local Statement in Northern Alabama….

By  | September 10, 2017 | Filed under: News

Active for next 7 hours · National Weather Service at 6:30 AM, Sunday,September 10

 

 

TENNESSEE VALLEY-Tropical Storm Irma may affect the Tennessee Valley Monday night through Tuesday. A tropical storm watch is in effect for northeast and north central Alabama and southern middle Tennessee.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Cullman, Dekalb, Franklin TN, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Marshall, Moore, and Morgan.

Irma is about 790 miles south-southeast of Huntsville AL – 24.1N 81.5W – Storm Intensity 130 mph – Movement Northwest or 325 degrees at 8 mph.

Hurricane Irma is currently a major hurricane, centered just north of the coast of Cuba. Currently, the official national hurricane center track has Irma starting its track northward and strengthening before making landfall along the west coast of Florida. The storm will then pick up speed and weaken as it continues north into portions of Georgia and Alabama. Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical storm before arriving over the Tennessee Valley on Monday night into Tuesday. Winds of at least 35 MPH may begin on Monday evening across northeast Alabama and southern middle Tennessee, gradually spread west on Monday night into Tuesday. Wind gusts may reach 50 to 55 MPH. With these wind speeds, tree and power line damage is possible along with power outages. Unsecured lightweight objects may also be lofted. Some structural damage is also possible. The greatest wind gusts and impacts are expected to be generally along

Prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across The Tennessee Valley. Potential impacts include: – Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. – Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. – A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. – Scattered power and communications outages.and east of a line from Cullman to Huntsville to Fayetteville. Conditions should gradually improve on Tuesday as the remnants of Irma move off to the north and northwest.

* FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible limited impacts across The Tennessee Valley. Potential impacts include: – Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations. – Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches may become swollen and overflow in spots. – Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas.

Be a Good Samaritan and check on those who may not be fully aware of the situation or who are unable to make personal preparations. Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: – For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov – For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org – For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

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