MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – A Tropical Storm warning has been issued for southern portions of Mobile and Baldwin County as well as Escambia County FL, Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County. These regions could possibly experience winds greater than 39 mph.
What was Invest 96-L is now Potential Tropical Cyclone 16. It is forecast to strengthen and if it were to become a storm the next name on the list in Nestor. The potential tropical cyclone designation allows the National Hurricane Center to issue track forecasts and watches/warnings.
It is forecast to become either a tropical storm or sub-tropical storm sometime later today. It will then see some additional strengthening, but conditions in the Gulf of Mexico should inhibit significant strengthening thanks to wind shear from the front that came through yesterday and an upper low pressure that will help steer it northeast. It’s also going to be a quick mover which should also hinder it from strengthening quickly.
A landfall is likely somewhere between Pensacola and Apalachicola. Impacts will be highly dependent on where the center of circulation goes. On the east side of the storm, there will be heavy rains, rough surf, potential coastal flooding, and possibly severe weather. On the west side of the storm conditions just look dry and breezy with a north wind.
What we can say for us is that it will bring parts of our area rain, but its final path will determine how much. If you live along the coast in either Alabama or Florida, be prepared for tropical storm conditions. Continue to keep up with the latest. We’ll be posting the latest updates online, on social, and of course, on-air.
Now for today’s weather, it has been a gorgeous fall day!
Temperatures will actually be below average with highs only reaching the lower 70s! Skies will be partly sunny as mid and high-level clouds work in.
Tonight is another one with lows in the middle 50s under partly cloudy skies. Friday will bring some changes. Temperatures will still be held in check, in the 70s, but moisture will stream in from the south ahead of the disturbance in the Gulf. This will bring scattered showers by tomorrow night. If you have plans for football keep this in mind.
The Saturday forecast will be highly dependent on PTC 16. Right now we’ll go with a 60% rain chance early in the day with rain chances decreasing by the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s.
By Sunday our skies dry out and temperatures warm. Highs are back in the 80s by the afternoon on Sunday, but those warmer temperatures won’t last.
Our next front arrives Monday which will bring us another round of rain before another taste of fall!