Tropical Storm Watch extended into Morgan, Marshall, DeKalb Counties in northern Alabama

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The National Weather Service in Huntsville in coordination with the National Hurricane Center has extended the tropical storm watch to include Morgan, Marshall and DeKalb Counties in north Alabama.

A tropical storm watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 39 to 73 mph or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied heavy rain and river flooding.

Further south, a tropical storm warning is in effect for central Alabama, including Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

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Below is the latest information from the National Weather Service.

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Hurricane Nate Local Statement Advisory Number 14
National Weather Service Huntsville AL AL162017
425 PM CDT Sat Oct 7 2017

This product covers The Tennessee Valley

**Tropical Storm Watch in effect for portions of northern Alabama**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for De Kalb, Marshall,
and Morgan counties

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Cullman, De Kalb,
Marshall, and Morgan counties

* STORM INFORMATION:
– About 460 miles south-southwest of Huntsville AL
– 28.4N 89.1W
– Storm Intensity 90 mph
– Movement North-northwest or 345 degrees at 23 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Hurricane Nate will make landfall late tonight along the central Gulf
coast and then move northeastward. As it nears the Tennessee Valley
Sunday morning, Nate will weaken to a tropical storm. Sustained winds
of 30 to 35 mph may begin as early as 9 AM on Sunday and then continue
through the afternoon hours. Wind gusts could reach into the 45 to 50 mph
range. Additionally, locally heavy rainfall will be possible, with amounts
of up to 3 inches possible. Conditions will improve across the area Sunday
evening, as Nate pushes northeast of the area.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across The
Tennessee Valley. Potential impacts include:
– Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored
mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
– Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or
uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are
shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over.
– A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban
or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on
bridges and other elevated roadways.
– Scattered power and communications outages.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across northeast Alabama. Potential impacts include:
– Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
– Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents.
Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches may become
swollen and overflow in spots.
– Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually
vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water
occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become
near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge
closures.

Elsewhere across The Tennessee Valley, little to no impact is
anticipated.

* TORNADOES:
Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across northeast
Alabama. Potential impacts include:
– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
of emergency plans during tropical events.
– A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
and communications disruptions.
– Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
pulled from moorings.

Elsewhere across The Tennessee Valley, little to no impact is
anticipated.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS: No evacuations.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary
actions to secure your home or business. Deliberate efforts should be
underway to protect life and property. Ensure that your Emergency
Supplies Kit is stocked and ready.

Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders
that are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives
of others.

When securing your property, outside preparations should be conducted
as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate. The onset of
strong gusty winds and heavy rain can cause certain preparedness
activities to become unsafe.

Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for
official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the
forecast.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
– For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
– For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
– For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Huntsville AL around Midnight CDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.

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