DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — Over the next several days, scattered showers and storms are likely in the Wiregrass. The increase in the storm chances are in part due to a tropical low that is now off the Gulf Coast.
Potential tropical cyclone TWO is likely to become better organized over the next couple of days. As it does so, the storm will become stronger. First as a tropical storm and then before landfall, likely on the Louisiana coast, it will become the season’s first hurricane.
At landfall on Saturday, what will become Barry, wind in excess of 85 to 90 mph are expected. In additions to the wind, flooding is going to be a major threat. Storm surge flooding and excessive rainfall will be contributing factors to the flood threat. A surge of over three feet is anticipated. In localized parts of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi, 15-20+ inches of rain is possible.
It is expected that the Mississippi River in parts of Louisiana will reach 20 feet at New Orleans. Flood stage is 17 feet and 20 feet is within the major flood stage category for that part of the river.
The effects that we will be feeling in the Wiregrass will be minimal. We will have showers and storms each afternoon. Some storm will be heavy and localized flash flooding may be an issue in areas with poor drainage. Between Wednesday and next Tuesday, 3-4 inches of rain are possible. Most rivers in our area are running well below normal, so widespread flooding issues are not expected at this time.