Update on Hurricane Irma (9-9-2017 at 8:30 a.m.)

Update on Hurricane Irma

Posted at 8:30 a.m. on 9-9-2017

Yesterday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m. Governor Ivey issued a State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma.

According to the NWS a few minor changes have been made from yesterday evening’s forecast information. Below is the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham. According to the NWS, at this point and under the current forecast, Elmore County may experience 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts of 40 to 50 mph and 1.5 to 3 inches of rainfall may be experienced from early Monday through early Tuesday. At the least a Wind Advisory will likely be issued for this timeframe. This will result in downed trees and some power outages are likely. Also below is the latest graphic from the National Hurricane Center and an additional graphic from the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham on the areas that will see impacts in the State and what impacts we are likely to see. Some changes to the forecast are still likely. We will continue to send out email updates and post the updates to our website, Facebook and Twitter over the weekend as the forecast is updated.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
525 AM CDT Sat Sep 9 2017

Cleburne-Pickens-Tuscaloosa-Jefferson-Shelby-St. Clair-Talladega-
525 AM CDT Sat Sep 9 2017

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the counties served by the
National Weather Service office in Birmingham.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Sunday through Friday.

Hurricane Irma is expected to move northward through the Southeast
United States early next week. For central Alabama, the most active
weather, including highest wind gusts and heaviest rainfall, is
expected along and east of I-65 during the Monday to Tuesday time
frame. Winds sustained at 20 to 30 MPH, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph,
are likely. This could result in downed trees and some power outages.
Tropical rains are expected to bring rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches.
Changes to this forecast are possible and will depend on Irma`s track
in the coming days. A track farther east would mean lower impacts
for central Alabama, while a track farther west would increase
impacts. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts as Irma nears.


Activation of storm spotters and emergency management is not
expected at this time.