Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 formed earlier this week in the southern Gulf of Mexico, and it organized enough on Saturday morning for the National Hurricane Center to classify it as Tropical Storm Claudette.
The official track moves it northeast through central Alabama before moving closer to the Tennessee Valley this weekend. Use the Interactive Tracker below for hyperlocal timing of the tropical system. (Hurricane track, NWS watches and warnings, etc are available via the blue square in the upper left hand corner.)
The core of the tropical system is forecast to swing through central Alabama, parallel to I-20, and eventually move east into North Georgia. The path of the storm’s center will remain south of the Tennessee Valley, neutralizing the severe weather threat, and limiting the maximum rainfall amounts to the I-59/Cumberland Plateau corridor.
Rainfall totals in Northwest Alabama are forecast to remain below 1 inch through Sunday, though locally heavier rain (2-4″) is possible in Marshall, Jackson, and DeKalb counties.