WDHN Storm Team: Hurricane Laura is strengthening but heading away from the Wiregrass


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — We saw a totally different type of weather today compared to yesterday: warm and extremely humid vs. wet, cool, and a pinch of severe. We’ll have more on the Wiregrass’ weather in a second, but let’s talk Tropics first!

Hurricane Laura now has 80 mph winds and is making a bee-line for the coasts of Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana. Forecasters expect storm surge to be between 10 and 15 feet for many coastal areas which is why some officials have instituted mandatory evacuations yesterday and today. We are less than 36 hours out from landfall as watches and warnings extend from approximately Freeport, TX to the farthest eastern portions of Louisiana. The storm is predicted to make landfall as a Category 3 Hurricane with winds of 115 mph. This would easily be the strongest hurricane of the 2020 season so far. And with less than half the season completed, we can expect to see many more tropical systems in the coming months.

Back home in the Wiregrass, today was a nice break in the wet weather for most as the majority of the area remained dry. Wednesday will follow suit with a few isolated storms and high temperatures right around 92 degrees. Thursday will be a little more stormy, but not too bad as rain chances sit at 30% and temperatures once again hang in the low 90s.

Friday onward through mid week will see rain chances between 40 and 50% with the ever-present low 90s each afternoon. The overnight lows will remain in the mid-70s making for some muggy, summer nights.

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