MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A weakening storm moving through the Gulf Coast is expected to pelt some areas of Alabama with between 1 and 2 inches of rain, meteorologists said Sunday.
The storm was expected to move through coastal Alabama Sunday ahead of an approaching cold front, National Weather Service Forecasters said, adding that the heavy rain could prompt minor flooding in some low lying areas. The storm was part of the system surrounding Karen, which was downgraded from a tropical storm and dissipated Sunday afternoon.
Intermittent heavy rains moved across the Alabama coast on Sunday morning and winds were brisk, but the weather wasn’t bad enough to keep tourists off the beach.
“This wind is just tearing you up,” Stephie Burford of Warrior said as she walked along the beach pressing her visor to her head in one hand and holding a cup of coffee in the other. “I didn’t even consider bringing my beach umbrella or coming out here to do anything but just walk because the wind is so bad.”
Dangerous rip currents are still present, and double red flags were flying along the beach to indicate that no one should enter the water.
The National Weather Service issued a rip current advisory for the Alabama coast and western Florida that was expected to expire Monday evening. Forecasters warn that the strong currents flow quickly away from the shore and meteorologists say swimmers caught in rip currents should swim parallel to the beach — not against the current — until they’re free from its force.
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