Nate wind speeds forecast lowered for Birmingham – remain prepared

Birmingham Alabama

Some good news to report concerning wind gusts from Nate this morning.

Below are new maps and postings from the National Weather Service in Birmingham (NWS) that were released this morning on the impact Nate will have on the Birmingham region.  The maps were released at 8:11am.  The good news – the NWS has “lowered” their forecast for wind speeds.

Here is the latest posting from NWS Birmingham at 7:20am.

“Looking at surrounding observations as the center of Nate moves into SW counties, the system is rapidly weakening. That’s good news in terms of our impacts. So far, the highest wind gust that we’ve seen is 45mph at Selma. We’ll be revising our forecast accordingly later this morning. That being said, we don’t want anyone to let their guard down. Still expecting wind gusts high enough to bring down trees/power lines. Also, the tornado threat will remain generally from Lowndes County northward to Chilton, Talladega, Calhoun, and points southward.”

Maps predicting rainfall and wind gusts for the Birmingham area.

Rainfall forecast is from 2-5 inches in the region

Birmingham Alabama
Graphic from the National Weather Service- Birmingham

Latest wind forecasts:

Birmingham Alabama
Graphic from the National Weather Service- Birmingham
Graphic from the National Weather Service- Birmingham
Watch locally

We encourage folks to keep an eye on all these developments.  Along with the National Weather Service Birmingham Facebook page and the National Hurricane Center website, check our local television stations

Here are links to the local weather forecasts:

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

The winds are expected to increase throughout the morning in the Birmingham area.

UPDATE – from NWS Birmingham:

8am UPDATE: We’ve LOWERED forecast wind speeds for today, as Nate has quickly weakened. That’s GOOD news. Still potential for tree/power line damage through the day today. #alwx

Be prepared.

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.