(CTN News) – It was reported on Thursday that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center had issued a forecast for Alabama forecasting severe isolated storms and tornadoes on Thursday.
A risk level 1 rating of out of 5 was issued for coastal Alabama today, which is a marginal rating, and then a wide area of the state on Thursday, which is a moderate rating.
There is a Level 1 risk, according to the National Weather Service, which means that isolated severe storms are possible. A tornado or damaging straight-line winds might be possible with the strongest storms, as well as damaging straight-line winds.
In Southwest Alabama, storms are likely to start early Thursday morning and last until the afternoon. There could be storms in Central Alabama as early as noon and they will likely last into the evening.
As a low-pressure system moves toward Alabama from the Gulf of Mexico, the National Weather Service will be constantly monitoring the situation. On Wednesday, the same system caused speculations that it could form into an “entity of tropical proportions”, but that speculation was later ruled out as a possibility.
In spite of this fact, the system could substantially generate waves up to 5 to 7 feet high, resulting in rip currents potentially affecting both Alabama’s coastal areas and the northwest Florida panhandle.
As per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water which mean they are prevalent along the East, Gulf, and West coasts of the country, as well as along the Great Lakes shores.
Rrip currents can reach speeds of up to eight feet per second, making them faster than an Olympic swimmer who is doing the same thing.
Based on the forecasts, there is a possibility that the system moving toward Alabama will cause storms in the state that could start tonight, late tonight into Thursday morning in south Alabama, and then progress northward through the rest of the day.
There is a small amount of wind shear and instability forecast to develop over the southern and eastern parts of Alabama, which may result in isolated strong storms, according to the National Weather Service.
Additionally, the report said that there is a possibility that rain will fall in Alabama – especially in eastern Alabama – during the day on Friday because the low-pressure system will move to the north and east of the state.
A number of forecasters are of the opinion that there is a greater likelihood of rain and storms on Saturday as another system approaches Alabama from the west, increasing the likelihood of rain and storms.