Ida continues to weaken and is now a tropical depression centered near Jackson, Mississippi. Outer feeder bands from Ida will continue to spread across central Alabama through Tuesday. Expect heavy rain, gusty wind, along with the possibility for a few brief spin-up tornadoes.
Expect heavy rain at times that could cause some flash flooding. Rain totals are expected to be around 2-6″+ across the viewing area. We could see rainfall rates of 2-3″ per hour in some of the heavier bands. The WPC has placed western Alabama in a Level 3/4 Moderate Risk for excessive rainfall/flooding, central Alabama in a Level 2/4 Slight Risk and eastern Alabama in a Level 1 Marginal Risk. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Tuesday evening for all of central Alabama.
Central Alabama will be in the favorable zone, northeast quadrant of Ida, for tornadoes to develop starting this afternoon and continuing through Tuesday midday. SPC has placed east Alabama in a level 2, Slight Risk, for Tuesday. You need to find ways to get weather warnings while you sleep so they can wake you up. Some of these tornadoes are possible overnight.
It will also be breezy with sustained winds of 10-20+ mph, and gusts to over 40 mph. This will cause some trees and power lines to go down. We already have severe thousand without power.
Tonight: Heavy rain, gusty winds and a slight threat a spin up tornado for western and central Alabama.
Tuesday Afternoon: Rain bands move farther to the east as Ida moves north of Birmingham. Expect the heavy rain to be over eastern Alabama along with gusty winds and a few tornadoes.
Tuesday Evening: Light rain, a light breeze. Tornado threat ends.
Wednesday: Ida moves well northeast of Alabama. We have lingering wrap around clouds and a few showers. Drier air starts to move in behind the system as northerly winds return, and the humidity will start to drop by Wednesday night.
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