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Fred: Nate strengthens into a Category One hurricane

(Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC) (Source: Fred Hunter/WBRC)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

 A Flash Flood and Tropical Storm Watch are now in effect for portions of Central Alabama. The National Hurricane Center has extended the Tropical Storm Warning area north to include Jefferson county. Nate is now officially a Category One Hurricane and could strengthen further before making landfall somewhere along the Northern Gulf Coast late tonight or early Sunday morning. The storm could bring heavy rains and strong winds to portions of Central Alabama for the second half of the weekend. Heavy rainfall across the central portions of Alabama associated with tropical activity may produce areas of flash flooding.

Overall the area may see 2 to 4 inches, with locally higher totals. The heaviest rainfall may impact several metro areas increasing the concern for flooding. Nate is now a hurricane and will intensify as it approaches the Gulf Coast later today and tonight. The main impacts for Central Alabama will be tomorrow when Tropical Storm force winds will be possible. Widespread flooding is not expected but localized flooding is possible. There is a marginal tornado threat primarily for areas to the south and east Sunday afternoon.

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