Alabamians Watch Closely as Florida Prepares for Possible Hurricane
As we head into the weekend, we are closely monitoring the developments of the Tropical Depression Nine. Click here for the Friday Night Football and Alabama College Game Day forecasts.
Currently, a system that we have been monitoring has developed in a tropical depression in the Caribbean and is moving west-northwest. It is forecasted to generate into tropical storm soon which then could develop into a potential Hurricane as the system approaches western Cuba by potentially Sunday night.
James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that “the new NHC forecast track brings the system into South Florida around Sanibel Island/Fort Myers late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning. Potential land interaction with Cuba and the potential for an increase in southerly shear by Tuesday/Wednesday may cap off the intensity before the system reaches Florida, but there is still some potential for Hermine to be a category three hurricane then.”
What about the Gulf Coast?
At this time, “Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach will be on the dry side of the circulation. Some rain could impact the eastern half of the panhandle late next week, but for now, the main impact appears to be off to the east. The state of Alabama will be on the dry side as well,” said Spann.
Peninsula vs. Panhandle of Florida
Many Alabamians visit all around the State of Florida, so we want to provide information for you to be able to make your plans accordingly. So, it’s good to know the difference between the peninsula and panhandle sections of Florida.
Please remember that timing, track, impacts, and developments can change as this system develops. That is why we are closely monitoring this system to be on standby for any changes that could impact Alabamians.
(Source) Click here for more from James Spann.