Saturday, July 09, 2005

Dennis

Bands of heavy rain are sweeping through our area. They are connected with the feeder bands for Dennis. We lost power about thirty minutes ago and I am posting this using my laptop connected through my cell phone. The forecast for Red Bay, Al does not look good. I think we made the right decision to stay put. Here is the forecast for them:

LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-LINCOLN-MADISON-MARSHALL-MOORE-MORGAN- 500 AM CDT SAT JUL 9 2005 ...IMPACTS FROM HURRICANE DENNIS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS TENNESSEE VALLEY SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY... HURRICANE DENNIS WILL APPROACH THE GULF COAST ON SUNDAY. DENNIS IS EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL SOMEWHERE ALONG THE ALABAMA GULF COAST OR WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE CURRENT FORECAST TRACK THEN MOVES DENNIS NORTHWEST ALONG THE ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI BORDER ON MONDAY MORNING AND INTO NORTH MISSISSIPPI BY BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE FIRST RAIN BANDS FROM DENNIS ARE EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE TENNESSEE VALLEY BY LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY AS THE SYSTEM MOVES NORTHWARD. AT THIS TIME...IT APPEARS RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN THE RANGE OF ONE INCH ACROSS SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE TO UP TO THREE INCHES ACROSS CULLMAN COUNTY WILL BE POSSIBLE SUNDAY NIGHT. NORTHEAST ALABAMA MAY ALSO SEE HEAVIER RAINFALL DUE TO THE HIGHER TERRAIN. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL IS EXPECTED DURING THE DAY MONDAY...WITH FLASH FLOODING AND RIVER FLOODING BECOMING POSSIBLE. IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY RAIN...STRONG WINDS WILL ALSO ACCOMPANY THE SYSTEM. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND SUNDAY NIGHT WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH EXPECTED. WINDY CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY MONDAY. STRONGER WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE HIGHEST TERRAIN OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH POSSIBLE. AS WITH ALL LAND FALLING TROPICAL SYSTEMS...ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA SUNDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY. CONSIDERABLE UNCERTAINTY STILL EXISTS WITH THE EXACT TRACK OF HURRICANE DENNIS. ANY SHIFT TO THE PATH WILL RESULT IN VARYING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND RESULTANT WEATHER THREATS.



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