Hurricane Nate – expect windy weather Birmingham

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Photo from the National Weather Service predicts peak wind gusts up to 58 mph in Birmingham

Bham Now is closely monitoring the National Weather Service -Birmingham Facebook page and local weather stations for updates on Hurricane Nate.

It does look like Birmingham and Central Alabama will experience some high wind gusts tomorrow once Hurricane Nate makes landfall,  according to the NWS Birmingham maps.

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Photo from the National Weather Service Birmingham Office predicting wind gusts between 45-60 mph in the Birmingham area

The NWS Birmingham is encouraging people to prepare for high winds tomorrow.  Here is their Saturday afternoon 3:30pm posting on preparing for Nate.

ATTENTION: Central AL, you still have time to prepare for Nate, but do it NOW!  Winds will begin to pick up across the SW counties overnight, and then spread NE across the area thru the day Sunday. There are only some light showers on radar right now. Use this time to bring in or secure any loose/lightweight items in your yard or on your porch, before the heavier rain arrives later today.

Important Notes:
– Have more than 1 way to receive weather alerts.
– DO NOT rely solely on outdoor sirens for Tornado Warnings.
– Sub-severe winds (<60 mph) WILL bring down trees & power lines.
– Power outages are likely in areas with highest winds, more sporadic in other areas.

STAY WEATHER AWARE thru Sunday evening!!

Stay Tuned Locally

Locally, all the area’s television stations are closely watching Nate’s path.

Here are links to the local weather forecasts:

WBRC Fox 6
WVTM NBC 13
ABC 33/40
WIAT CBS 42 

What should our friends on the coast expect?

According to the latest information from the National Weather Service and NOAA’s National Hurricane Center,  Nate is predicted to be a Category 2 hurricane when it makes landfall on the Gulf Coast.  They expect it to come ashore tonight.

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Graphic from the National Hurricane Center as of 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon

Please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website for continuous updates.

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama’s Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama’s cancer risk and mercury standards.