EF2-RATED TORNADO DAMAGE IN EAST BREWTON… The National Weather Service is conducting storm survey damage in parts of Escambia County, AL today. The tornado that moved from East Brewton to Brewton to Kirkland to Castleberry on Saturday morning has been given an initial rating of EF2. This means that maximum winds in the tornado were likely between 111-135 mph. Please note that the tornado rating is subject to change as the storm survey crew continues their work today. No word yet on the path length or path width, but those details will be announced later today or tomorrow.
FEW STORMS NEAR THE COAST THIS AFTERNOON… Scattered showers and thunderstorms are happening on this Sunday afternoon in coastal communities. As of 12:55PM, heavy rain is happening near Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach, Orange Beach, and Perdido Key. This band of rain extends westward to Sunny Cove and Alabama Port in Mobile County. More showers and thunderstorms will likely develop over the next several hours. Be ready for possible downpours in the hours ahead. Tornadoes are not expected locally today.
UPDATE ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION CLAUDETTE… Tropical Depression Claudette continues to move northeast on this Sunday afternoon. The center of the storm is located near Atlanta, Georgia as of midday. While the severe weather impacts from Claudette are long gone, we will continue to have coastal hazards, including rip currents and high surf today and on Monday. Claudette is expected to emerge into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast tomorrow before moving out to sea. We note the remainder of the tropics are quiet with no new tropical storms expected to develop over the next few days.
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My next regularly scheduled forecast video and detailed text discussion will be posted by 7:15AM tomorrow (Monday) morning. Have a nice Sunday evening!