Ian Now Extremely Dangerous: What it Means for Alabama, Gulf Coast
The residents of Alabama have been watching Ian closely and now it has developed into a major hurricane. Now, the system is about to make landfall as a dangerous category 4. The winds in this category range from 130 to 156 miles per hour.
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist reports that a “life-threatening storm surge is expected along the Florida west coast and the Lower Florida Keys where a storm surge warning is in effect.”
There is also the threat of heavy rainfall across, widespread hazardous flooding issues, and the threat of tornadoes in Florida. As Ian tracks it will also bring conditions to Georiga and the Carolinas.
Weather Outlook for West, Central Alabama
As of right now due to the shift in Ian’s track, “most of the rain associated with Ian will remain east of Alabama, although some rain is possible near the Georgia border Saturday,” said Spann.
Spann said that “it now looks like the rain shield associated with Ian will stay east of Alabama. Some rain is possible Saturday near the Georgia border, but most of the state will be dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky.”
The National Weather Service in Birmingham reports that we could see “sustained winds from 10 to 10 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour with weather winds on Friday and Saturday. Also, rainfall should be limited to “east of 1-65 on Friday and Saturday between ¼ to ½ inch.”
Will Ian Have Any Impact on the Alabama Coast?
High Rip Current Risk until Thursday evening. In Alabama, Mobile Coastal and Baldwin Coastal Counties. In Florida, Escambia Coastal, Santa Rosa Coastal, and Okaloosa Coastal Counties.
Wind Advisory until Thursday at 4 am. In Alabama, Mobile Coastal and Baldwin Coastal Counties. In Florida, Escambia Coastal, Santa Rosa Coastal, and Okaloosa Coastal Counties.
Gale Warning until Friday at 3 am. Plus a Small Craft Advisory for 3 am Friday until 4 am Saturday. This is for the waters from Pensacola FL to Pascagoula MS from 20 tov60 NM and Waters from Okaloosa Walton County Line FL to Pensacola FL from 20 to 60 NM.