Hurricane Sally Q&A: Time with Wine

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(WDHN) — We reached out to our viewers to send us their Hurricane Sally questions on our WDHN news Facebook page and now we are going to take this time with Wine to get some answers. Lots of people across the Wiregrass are anxiously awaiting the landfall of this system.

Are we still expecting sustained high winds? (Jasmine in Malvern)
Besides some 40-50 mph gusts, winds for the wiregrass will likely remain below tropical storm force. Western wiregrass residents will see the highest wind speeds, which is why there is a tropical storm warning for them.

What are our chances for tornado activity? (Laura in Daleville)
Most of our area will be in a marginal risk for tornadoes, which is a level 1 out of 5. Tomorrow, our Panhandle and southwestern Georgia counties will be in a slight risk which is a level 2 out of 5.

What areas are high risk for tornadoes? (Savannah in Elba)
The highest risk for tornadoes is in the Panhandle and diminishes a little as you move farther away from the coast.

What time should we expect the heaviest rain?
Tonight through tomorrow evening will see the majority of the rain. 3-10 inches of rain is possible, with the heaviest amounts falling to the west of Dothan.

What are the highest risk areas for Wednesday? Any advice for those on the roads that don’t have to go to work? (Becca in Dothan)
Panhandle residents will see the worst of both the tornadoes and the rain. Georgia residents will see a little less rain than the rest of the tri-state. If you have the ability to stay home, please do that. You don’t want to put yourself in unnecessary danger, especially when it comes to car wreaks from hydroplaning or poor visibility during heavy rain.

Any expected power outages? (Victoria in the Wiregrass)
Widespread power outages aren’t expected, but tree limbs could break off in some of these higher wind gusts and fall on powerlines. Western wiregrass and panhandle residents will likely see more outages than others.

What will be the wind gusts with outer bands? (Michael in Slocomb)
Outer bands pose more of a threat of tornadoes instead of high winds, but you could still see gusts upwards of 40 mph.

Lastly, Matthew, this question is specific to you, will you require more hair gel tomorrow? (Bill in the Wiregrass)
No doubt about it, Bill. I’ll have to double down on the hair gel tomorrow.

Check out the full Facebook Live Q&A with Meteorologist’s Matthew Wine and Oscar Fann https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=797969140973380&extid=wNexa1weD6KCOrWB

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