As of 11:30 a.m. October 10, 2018
Currently, Elmore County is expected to have only bands of rain and some gusty wind conditions. No significant impact is expected, at this time. Below is the latest information from the NWS.
Hurricane Michael Local Statement Advisory Number 16 ALZ011>015-017>050-102345- Hurricane Michael Local Statement Advisory Number 16 National Weather Service Birmingham AL AL142018 1034 AM CDT Wed Oct 10 2018 This product covers Central Alabama **Tropical Storm Force Winds May Impact Portions of Southeast Central Alabama Later Today** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbour, Bullock, Pike, and Russell * STORM INFORMATION: - About 290 miles south of Birmingham AL or about 200 miles south of Montgomery AL - 29.4N 86.0W - Storm Intensity 145 mph - Movement North-northeast or 15 degrees at 14 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Hurricane Michael remains a dangerous category 4 hurricane as it moves closer to the Florida Panhandle. The storm will remain a major hurricane when it makes landfall later today, but it will rapidly weaken as it moves inland. There is a chance that our southeastern most counties could see a brief window of tropical-storm-force winds on the northwest side of Michael. Heavy rains will also be a threat across the far southeast as the storm moves inland. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Pike, Bullock, Russell and Barbour Counties. Potential impacts in this area include: - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. Also, protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across areas southeast of Interstate 85. Elsewhere across Central Alabama, little to no impact is anticipated. Winds may be gusty at times, especially with any shower that moves through the rest of the area. * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible limited impacts across Pike, Bullock, Russell, and Barbour Counties. Potential impacts include: - Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches overflow. - Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge closures. Elsewhere across Central Alabama, little to no impact is anticipated. * TORNADOES: Little to no impacts are anticipated at this time across Central Alabama. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- * EVACUATIONS: WATCH/WARNING PHASE - For those not under evacuation orders, assess the risk from wind, falling trees, and flooding at your location. If you decide to move, relocate to a safer location nearby. If you do not relocate, help keep roadways open for those under evacuation orders. * OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles can be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly ventilated area. Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded roadway. Remember, turn around don`t drown! If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or on a boat, consider moving to a safer shelter before the onset of strong winds or flooding. Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov - For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org - For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org NEXT UPDATE ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in Birmingham AL around 5 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions warrant.