Hurricane Ida: major storm system will impact north Alabama Monday and Tuesday

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As Hurricane Ida pushes through the Gulf of Mexico and a likely point of landfall on the Louisiana coast becomes clearer, National Weather Service forecasters warn that a probable major storm will impact north Alabama Monday night and through the day Tuesday. Flooding and tornadoes will be possible across the region, including Cullman County. 

In the long-term portion of the NWS Huntsville forecast discussion page, the forecaster wrote, “All eyes will be focused on what is now Hurricane Ida, which is expected to intensify into a major hurricane by landfall along the southeast LA coast on Sunday night. Our impacts will start to ramp up late in the day on Monday, as cloud cover and rainfall from the outer feeder bands work their way closer to the Valley. This will moderate temperatures a bit on Monday, keeping highs in the mid to upper 80s. With the current forecast track, our main window for impacts will come from early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening. It is important to keep in mind that even minor changes in the forecast track can result in significant forecast changes as far as rainfall and severe weather are concerned. For now, it looks like our main impacts will come from flooding, and a few tropical tornadoes also look possible. Will have to keep our eyes on this system closely, as the track and intensity will likely change at least some over the weekend. Do not want to get too specific as far as rainfall amounts just yet, but want those in the Tennessee Valley to be prepared for potential flooding and review their severe/tornado safety plans.” 

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W.C. Mann

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