MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Tropical Depression Nineteen has formed over the Bahamas. It will move across south Florida, then likely become a tropical storm later this weekend after it moves back over the warm water of the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
From there, it will make landfall somewhere along the northern Gulf Coast, most likely on Monday or Tuesday. The official forecast keeps it below hurricane strength, but I think there’s a reasonable chance this becomes a hurricane.
Locally, the precise impacts will depend on the precise track. At this point, I think we will probably deal with some periods of heavy rain and gusty wind on Monday and/or Tuesday, especially in south Alabama.
If you have beach plans along the AL/FL beaches this weekend, expect more rain than normal and rip currents capable of drowning you. If you go to the beach, stay out of the Gulf.
This could and likely will change, and impacts to central and south Alabama are possible early next week. It’s important that you check back for new information over the weekend.
For now, we’re maintaining heightened rain and thunderstorm chances this weekend into early next week. Each day’s coverage will be right around 50-60% or so, but again, it’s certainly possible that we have to alter those chances as we get closer to each day.
So no, we would not recommend canceling any outdoor plans over the next several days. What we would do is suggest having a backup plan in place. It’ll also be a good stretch to have our First Alert Weather App handy to track showers and storms that do develop.
With the projected higher rain chances and enhanced cloudiness (for now), high temperatures should hover in the mid-80s next week. Overnight temperatures will hang out in the lower 70s.
Even if we see our rain chances drop on any given day, the humidity will likely remain very high and uncomfortable for the foreseeable future. That is one thing that is not going to change.