A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico could begin developing today – according to forecasters.
The National Hurricane Center is expecting a tropical depression to form – tonight or on Friday – and head for the northern Gulf Coast. That system has the potential to bring a lot of rain to our area. As of Thursday morning, that disturbance was already spreading rain and storms across the southern Gulf and parts of Mexico.
The Hurricane Center expects it to start tracking northward today, with a depression forming and the system could bring rain to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida as soon as Friday, with rain then moving northward across the Southeast on Saturday into Sunday.
A system has to have winds of at least 39 mph to become a tropical storm.
There will also be the risk of a few tornadoes on Saturday as rain bands move inland – and the Storm Prediction Center has southwest Alabama in a marginal (Level 1 out of 5) risk for severe weather on Saturday.
Our local forecast is calling for rain to move into Cherokee County on Saturday with a 40% chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms that afternoon with basically the same situation Sunday and Monday – the chances for rain 50% and 70% respectively with highs mainly in the mid-to-upper 80’s