As of 3:30 pm, Tropical Storm Fred has made landfall along the Florida Panhandle. As we go through the next 36 hours, the remnants of Fred will interact with the Southern Appalachians to bring the potential of excessive rainfall and severe weather to the region.
The region has experienced some significant rainfall over the past few days and that will continue through tonight. The climax in the rough weather looks to be on the way tomorrow as Fred will slowly move NNE across Southeast Alabama and eventually into Western Georgia. By Tuesday night, the leftovers of Fred are expected to be across the Smokies of Western North Carolina and East Tennessee.
The potential of excessive rainfall is the biggest threat from this event. We still believe the Blue Ridge Escarpment will see the most rain through Wednesday. It can’t be ruled out that some locations could approach 10 inches of rainfall.
Once you get east of US 321, storm total amounts should not be quite as impressive but the tropical nature of the rainfall could result in some quick water rises.
Another threat with any tropical system is the potential of a quick spin-up tornado. With our area being on the east side of the circulation, an isolated tornado is possible with the feeder bands.
Below is a breakdown of impacts in our coverage area…
Here is a general timelime for when the worst of the weather is expected on Tuesday.
Be Weather Aware over the next 36 hours as Fred impacts the region…Stay with us for more updates!