Zeta Brings a Wind Threat, Rainfall, & More to Alabama
UPDATE: 10:20 a.m. on 10.28.2020
There is Wind Advisory from Wednesday 7 pm until Thursday 7 am for Blount, Fayette, Pickens, and Walker counties.
UPDATE: 10:15 a.m. on 10.28.2020
Numerous counties have been upgraded to Tropical Storm Warning by the National Weather Service. This includes counties in our listening area like Bibb, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa.
UDPATED: 6:45 a.m. on 10.28.2020
Zeta has strengthened back to hurricane status. It even has predictions for some further strengthening. Currently, it is moving in a North-northwest track at 17 miles per hour. The system is forecasted to arrive in southeastern Louisiana by this afternoon.
Zeta will be moving quickly through Central Alabama and bring weather impacts Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. Since this is an evening, late evening, and overnight hours, please be sure you have a way to get weather information.
Guidance from the NWS notes, “a swath of 40 to 60 mph winds is expected to occur along and to the right of Zeta`s track, roughly along and south of Interstate 59.”
There is a TROPICAL STORM WATCH is in place for much of Central and Northeast Alabama. This includes counties in our listening areas like Bibb, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa. There is a good chance that this watch could be upgraded to a tropical storm warning later on. The main timeframe for these high impact winds will be tonight into tomorrow morning. The higher winds will be along and south of I-59.
RAINFALL - “2 To 3 inches of rain along with some local amounts are expected to occur from Zeta through Thursday morning across the watch area," said the NWS. There is a FLASH FLOOD WATCH from Wednesday 4 pm until Thursday at 10 am for an extensive list of counties. This does include counties in our listening areas like Bibb, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby, and Tuscaloosa.
POWER OUTAGES POSSIBLE – Due to Zeta's high wind impact nature, we could have power outages. I would suggest that you have your mobile devices fully charged before this evening since the projected impacts will take place tonight into tomorrow morning.
SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK - The main question that I have received on Facebook and Instagram is about the potential for tornadoes. Currently, the NWS mentioned that “there is also a low threat of a brief tornado Wednesday night across southern and southeastern portions of Central Alabama.” To give some more insight on the area, the NWS said the potential for isolated tornadoes tonight, which could take place “across the southern one-third of Central Alabama, mainly along and south of a Linden, to Selma, to Lafayette line.”
(Source) For more from the National Weather Service Birmingham, click here.