Laura strengthens quickly, heads for Texas/Louisiana coast

Dangerous hurricane in the Gulf, but it won't impact Alabama

Trending drier for many, so when does the sunshine return?!

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - There is an outside shot (20%) at an isolated shower or storm Wednesday, and a slightly higher chance (30%) on Thursday, but most locations will dodge that activity.

Highs will rise several degrees above 90 each day with heat indices of 101-107 expected.

Peak heat indices will easily rise to 100-105 in most spots each day this week.
Peak heat indices will easily rise to 100-105 in most spots each day this week. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

This period may be quiet for us, but it’s also when Hurricane Laura will be making landfall somewhere near the Texas-Louisiana border as a major category 3 hurricane. Hurricane and tropical storm alerts are in effect. Storm surge alerts are also in place for surge upwards of 5-11 feet.

This system will likely strengthen quickly over the next 48 hours...
This system will likely strengthen quickly over the next 48 hours... (Source: WSFA 12 News)

This will be a highly impactful storm for the Upper Texas Coast and the western half of Louisiana. Flooding rain, damaging winds, coastal flooding and erosion, surge, and tornadoes are all anticipated.

Once making landfall Wednesday night, Laura will move due north into Arkansas before heading eastward across Kentucky as either a tropical depression or a post-tropical system this weekend. With that forecast track, expect a continuation of very tropical air surging into the Deep South during the Friday-Sunday period.

That will allow scattered showers and thunderstorms each of those days with the potential for very heavy rain and slightly higher coverage than your typical summertime afternoons.

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