A strong storm front Saturday will likely bring heavy rains, lightning and potential damaging winds before weakening as it leaves the area later in the day, forecasters said late Friday.
There is a 90% percent chance of rain for a majority of Saturday, and the forecast calls for winds from 20 to 30 mph with stronger gusts possible. With the storm also comes the possibility of a tornado.
The Dothan/Houston County Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the system with potential flooding rains across the Wiregrass, Director Chris Judah said.
According to the National Weather Service, a line of severe storms will move east Saturday morning and through the night with a high probability of damaging wind gusts and tornadoes.
The highest chance of tornadoes will be within the storm line, but there is a small chance severe storms will form ahead of it, although the confidence of this happening is not high. The possibility of tornadoes, specifically in the central Florida Panhandle, southeastern Alabama and the southwest counties along the Alabama-Georgia line cannot be ruled out.
Estimated rain amounts for Saturday morning through Sunday are between 1 and 3 inches.
According to Judah, heavy rainfall, high winds and possible tornado activity should be expected. If temperatures continue to climb Saturday, the chance of tornadoes will increase. If temperatures remain mild, the chance of tornado activity will decrease.
“I want to remind everyone to stay alert during any weather situation,” he said. “Everyone can stay up-to-date on weather situations through a weather radio, or through any local media source.
“We also have the Code Red Program through the EMA where residents can receive severe weather updates. For more information on signing up for our Code Red Program, visit our website at www. dothanhoustoncounty ema.org.”
He also reminded everyone that if a road is flooded, assume that road is closed and do not cross it.
Also, if the road is barricaded, turn around.
“When someone crosses a barricade, not only are they putting their life in danger, but the lives of first responders,” Judah said. “A barricade is a closed road.
“Also, if you hear the outdoor weather sirens sound, get inside and tune into your local media outlets. When you hear the siren outside that means something is going on, and 90% of the time, that something is a tornado. The tornado may not be on the ground, but a tornado has been spotted.
“As soon as we have any information available during the storm it will be passed to all media outlets.”