The Hurricane Hunters on Wednesday morning were investigating a tropical disturbance nearing the Caribbean that could become Tropical Storm Matthew soon.
So far the Hunters found that the disturbance, called Invest 97L for now, had winds of 40-45 mph, which are tropical storm force, according to the National Hurricane Center. They are also looking to see if it has a closed circulation.
Labor Day 2016 on the Alabama gulf coast was a washout for many beach-goers from Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores. While dark skies loomed to the west, folks in Orange Beach were spared any rain for most of the day.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The Local 15 News weather team is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Hermine. As of 10 a.m. September 1, most forecast models take the storm toward Apalachicola with a landfall around Port St. Joe/Apalachicola early Friday morning.
“Wow, these waves are awesome,” says Kimberly Trantham who had no idea a tropical system was in the gulf. She is on vacation in Gulf Shores and is enjoying the show Hurricane Hermine is offering those along the Alabama coast.
While Hermine isn’t going to hit our part of the gulf coast head-on, we will still feel some of the storm’s effects at area beaches. Orange Beach saw five to six-foot waves around noon today, and conditions are expected to worsen. Life-threatening rip currents are likely. Red flags are up all along the gulf coast; swimmers are advised to stay out of the water.
Rip current warnings are in place from west of Dauphin Island to east of Destin and Miramar Beach, according to the National Weather Service.
The dangerous surf conditions come as the Gulf Coast readies for the arrival of Tropical Depression 9. The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning Wednesday for stretches of the Gulf Coast. The depression – likely to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today – is expected to make landfall Thursday with near hurricane-like strength.
Tropical Depression 9 was expected to strengthen soon, forecasters said Tuesday morning, and could become Tropical Storm Hermine later today. Tropical storm or hurricane watches could be coming for parts of Florida soon, according to the National Hurricane Center.
WEAR TV — Tropical Depression 9 is moving west Monday morning in the extreme southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The system isn’t looking very healthy early Monday but conditions for strengthening should improve through the day.
After days of seeing tropical models put whatever becomes of Invest 99 all over the place, they’ve come in to some agreement, sort of. Most models move the system into the central Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday or Wednesday. The problem is, what happens after that is still greatly unknown.
A tropical wave near the Bahamas and Cuba on Friday morning was expected to cross near or over south Florida and into the Gulf over the weekend and has a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm.
Gaston became a hurricane overnight in the central Atlantic while another potential storm was moving closer to the U.S. on Thursday.
That tropical wave, called Invest 99L, continued to be closely watched on Thursday morning because of its potential path. The system could affect Florida and possibly the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.
Orange Beach resident Blake Michaelski couldn’t stand by and watch what was happening in his hometown of Denham Springs, La., in the wake of the recent floods, so he took action. Through a couple of Facebook posts and word on the street, Michaelski called upon the people of Orange Beach to rally with him to aid the flood-ravaged Denham Springs.
A Baldwin County man is trying to help flood victims in Louisiana.
Orange Beach resident Blake Michaleski has been collecting donations. He originally started to help his family.
“My parents, they had to evacuate their house and my sister had to evacuate her house,” said Michaleski. “I knew they wouldn’t have anything. They had to grab what they could and go and my sister, they lost everything.”
On a typical day for sheriff deputy Eric Alexander, beach patrol is no different than any other duty. But when people don’t adhere to the beach warnings, that’s when a normal day turns into a scary one.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Some areas of Baldwin County experienced flooding Wednesday after afternoon heavy downpours. Officials with the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency report as of 5 p.m., the following roads are no longer covered with water:
Mobile County was pounded by rain on Wednesday. There was some minor flooding along the roadways and in store parking lots, but what really caught attention was a big waterspout off Dauphin Island, and it was all caught on camera.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - As the rain came down, the water started to rise. Highway 32 near Summerdale was one of many roadways covered in water.
It was enough to activate the Baldwin County Emergency Operations Center.
“At this time we are operating at a staff level. We have backup if we need to increase depending on the storm level. As we receive information about the roads under water, we are passing that information on to our Baldwin Rural Transit and our highway department making sure they know where those trouble spots are,” said Reggie Chitwood, Baldwin County EMA Director.