Tropical Storm Ida is expected to intensify into a hurricane by late this weekend before it makes landfall. According to the National Weather Service, remnants of the hurricane could produce impacts across the Tennessee Valley by early next week.
“Outer bands could move through Monday and Tuesday, and it’s possible that the remnant low of Ida could move directly over us,” said Meteorologist Alex Puckett, of WHNT in Huntsville.
Puckett said there’s still a big uncertainty regarding the exact impacts Ida’s remnants could have locally.
“But outer bands on the eastern side of tropical systems can produce heavy rain and tornadoes, and depending on the exact track of Ida, gusty pressure gradient winds would also be possible early next week,” he said.
Meteorologist Brandon Spinner, of WAFF in Huntsville, said placement and timing are still in question, but it does look like the area will be dealing with storms of some sort by Monday or Tuesday.
“The farther west the storm makes landfall, the more likely we will deal with impacts here in North Alabama,” said Spinner.