FIRST ALERT: Ian is back up to hurricane strength & heading for Charleston, SC

Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 6:13 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2022 at 4:34 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Breezy, sunny, and very dry once again and winds gusting up to 25 mph, which will mean a danger for wildfires. Another Red Flag Warning has been issued for Greene, Sumter, Hale, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Chilton, and Coosa counties and remains in effect until 7 PM Thursday. Please avoid outdoor burning!! Temperatures cool this evening into the 60s.

We end the week with 40s and lower 50s for morning temperatures and highs in the upper 70s. Sunny, very dry and breezy once again. Winds will be out of the north at 10-15 mph. If you plan on attending any high school football games tomorrow night, plan for a clear sky with temperatures cooling near 70° at 7 PM and dropping in the 60s by the end of the football games. It should be a great evening to be outside.

Weekend Forecast: With the new forecast track with Ian shifting east, we have backed off on rain chances for the weekend. We should see a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky on Saturday and Sunday. Humidity levels will remain comfortable, and temperatures should end up slightly below average. Morning temperatures are expected to drop into the low to mid 50s with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s. If you plan on being outside, make sure you grab the sunglasses, hat, and apply the sunscreen. The UV Index will likely remain in the high range meaning you could get sunburned if exposed for 15-20 minutes. The Talladega Race Sunday looks great for Sunday afternoon! Plan for a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

Next week’s forecast remains quiet with near-average temperatures. Each day will get to enjoy a partly cloudy sky with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s and lows in the 50s. No wet weather as we kick off October, so continue to water the lawn and garden.

Tracking Ian: The center of what is now Hurricane Ian again remains over the open waters of the Atlantic, just off the coast of Florida. Ian will take aim next and make a second U.S. landfall tomorrow near Charleston, SC around 1PM. The Carolinas and Georgia need to prepare for life-threatening flooding, storm surge, strong winds, and spin up tornadoes. There are numerous alerts for Georgia and the Carolinas, ranging from hurricane, storm surge, and tropical storm warnings. For more specifics, select tropical alerts on the WBRC First Alert Weather App and interact with the radar. Once moving inland and curving northwest towards Charlotte, NC on Saturday, it will weaken to a post-tropical depression but continue to produce strong wind gusts and heavy rainfall.

First Alert Weather 4p 9-29-22
First Alert Weather 4p 9-29-22(WBRC)

Tropical Update: Besides Ian, the Atlantic is mostly quiet. Tropical Depression Eleven formed in the eastern Atlantic yesterday, but has weakened to a remnant low.

Thoughts and prayers to those impacted by Ian in Florida and those next in the path!

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