Tropical Storm Hanna forms in Gulf of Mexico, sends rain our way

Active hurricane season continues

The tropics are active, and one of the systems could impact our weather

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Tropical Depression Eight has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Hanna. The storm’s satellite presentation is becoming more impressive, and it will likely make landfall along the south Texas coast as a strong tropical storm or perhaps even a Category 1 hurricane.

Meanwhile, we also have Tropical Storm Gonzalo in the Atlantic. Gonzalo is expected to reach hurricane status at some point Thursday as it moves west northwest toward the Caribbean. What happens to the storm in terms of its exact size, strength and ultimate path is still a bit up in the air. There are many moving parts with this particular system that could throw a wrench in the forecast.

The same situation is looking probable on Friday, but the overall coverage of the rain will be a bit lower around 30%. It also looks like the rain chances will be confined to southwestern Alabama during the afternoon. It’s possible the River Region sees a couple of isolated showers or storms, but the better chances will be closer to Mobile and the Mississippi state line.

More typical shower and storm chances are in the cards this weekend. Each afternoon features roughly a 40% chance of rain like we are accustomed to seeing this time of year.

High temperatures will stay in the middle 90s through the weekend with heat indices in the lower 100s each afternoon. Overnight lows will fall into the middle 70s if you stay dry during the day, and the lower 70s if your area sees rain at any point during the day.

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