Forecast: Storm will turn east, no impact to Alabama

Published 2:25 am Tuesday, August 30, 2016


National Hurricane Center forecasters now say the tropical depression moving into the Gulf of Mexico should not impact Alabama.

Last week, some models showed the system becoming a hurricane, a coming ashore near Pensacola.

Now, forecasters say the system may become a tropical storm in the next 24 hours, but will likely turn east, crossing the Florida peninsula. There is only a 1 in 10 percent chance of tropical winds from this storm over the western Florida panhandle. There is expected to be an increase in rip currents along area beaches Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, the tropics are busy.

A second tropical depression is expected to affect the North Carolina shore today before turning back east into the Atlantic.

Forecasters also are watching a tropical wave off the coast of Africa.