DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Zeta has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm after its interaction with the Yucatán Peninsula. However, it won’t take long for the storm to become a hurricane before making landfall in the U.S. considering the warm, open water of the Gulf and the lack of significant wind shear along Zeta’s projected path over the next 12 hours.
The storms will subside tonight as mostly cloudy skies remain. Temperatures will remain in the low 70s.
Late Wednesday night into Thursday morning is when we can expect to see our highest chance for strong storms, specifically sustained winds of 39+ mph and even a few isolated tornadoes. Because this will be an overnight event, it will be very important to watch tomorrow’s forecasts before deciding whether to head to bed. If you have a weather radio, make sure that it is charged and ready to go in case a tornado warning is issued. Flooding is not expected in our area because Zeta will be a very fast moving system.
Thursday morning will likely see more strong storms between 5 AM – Noon (EDT) specifically for those east of Dothan. Residents west of Dothan will be dry for most of the day, and their severe weather risk will be close to zero after 6 AM. Expect some breezy conditions throughout the day after the rain has ended.
Friday and beyond will be significantly cooler during both the afternoons and mornings. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the 50s and even some 40s will become the standard next week.