Tropical Storm Conditions Begin Across Alabama Monday

IRMA UPDATE: The 2:00 PM CT update from the National Hurricane Center indicates that Irma made landfall at Marco Island at 3:35 PM EDT. At the time of the Advisory, Irma remains a powerful category 4 Hurricane with maximum winds of 120 MPH. The Naples Municipal Airport reported an 83 MPH wind speed with a gust of 115 MPH.

QUICK FORECAST: Locally, what we can expect over the next 24 hours is for winds to gradually increase from the north-northeast, with the highest wind gusts of 25-35 MPH will be possible with gusts to around 40 MPH. The higher elevations may see winds gusts peak at 50 MPH. Further south down towards Birmingham, winds may exceed 50 MPH.

RAINFALL Total rainfall amounts with this system will range from 2 to 5 inches. Some areas may locally see as high up to 7 inches of rainfall, and these rainfall rates will ocucr very rapidly creating flash flooding concerns.

WIND IMPACTS: Winds this high, combined with the rainfall, can create widespread power outages across some areas.

TORNADO THREAT There is a very low tornado threat with this system. The ingredients aren’t in place for tornadic development. Never say never, but I would not be over-concerned with tornadoes.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS As of this writing Jefferson County Schools have announced a closure. Here is the rest of the list. As of 3:00 PM there are no announced closings for the Tennessee Valley but this is always subject to change. 

College Campuses:

  • Auburn University closed Monday. The open campus lecture by retired four-star Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey that was scheduled for Monday is also postponed.
  • Auburn University at Montgomery closed Monday. A decision regarding Tuesday operations will be made by 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
  • Troy University campuses in Troy, Montgomery, Dothan and Phenix City as well as sites in Florida and Georgia closed Monday and Tuesday. Online classes are also suspended until Wednesday.
  • Enterprise State Community College closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Alabama Aviation College in Ozark closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Alabama Aviation College in Andalusia closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Fort Rucker Schools will be closed Monday, but fort operations will continue as normal.
  • Tuskegee University classes are canceled for Monday.
  • Wallace Community College closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Alabama State University closed Monday and Tuesday.

K-12 school closings

  • Auburn City Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Opelika City Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Troy City Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Dothan City Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Crenshaw County Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Pike County Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Barbour County Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Chambers County Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Lanett City Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Phenix City Schools closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Montgomery Public Schools closed Monday. Decision to close Tuesday will be made by late Monday.
  • All city and county schools in Calhoun County are to remain closed Monday and Tuesday, according to the Anniston Star. That includes the AnnistonJacksonville and Oxford systems.
  • Russell County Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Lee County schools closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Cherokee County schools closed Monday.
  • DeKalb County schools closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • All Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Campuses are closed Monday.

This list will not be updated, tune to your local news station or website for the latest on school closings.