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 what is now tropical storm Barry. As of 7 PM CDT, Barry now has sustained wind of 45 mph.
Barry is expected to become a little better organized through the day Friday, but some dry and and wind shear will limit how strong the storm will become. At this time, it is expected that Barry will become a strong tropical storm.
At landfall on Saturday morning, Barry will have wind in excess of 70 mph. 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.