Good thing with the hurricane Irma is that it feels like it’s time to become a meteorologist, aye?
Alan Sealls is Chief Meteorologist at WKRG-TV, seen weekdays on News 5 at 5, News 5 at 6, the Gulf Coast CW News at 9, and News 5 at 10. He has three decades of experience in TV. Alan not only holds bachelors and masters degrees in meteorology from Cornell and Florida State, but he also has professional certifications from the AMS (American Meteorological Society) and the NWA (National Weather Association). Alan is a Fellow of the AMS- a distinction held by a small fraction of meteorologists.
Alan Sealls has written and produced three dozen weather videos for schools, distributed by Discovery Education throughout North America. Before arriving in Mobile in 1999, Alan was a meteorologist at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Prior to that Alan was a meteorologist for 5 years at Chicago super station WGN-TV. While there, he was a meteorology professor at Columbia College in Chicago.
The odds of hurricane Irma heading to the continental area remain low.
Be prepared as you would normally be during hurricane season. By the weekend, we’ll have a better idea of where Irma may go with regard to where we are. It’s over the weekend that we’ll find out when it turns. At the moment we stay on the dry side of Irma, with a northeast breeze this weekend.
Irma was about 55 miles (85 km) south of Great Inagua Island and is expected to bring 20-foot (6-m) storm surges to the Bahamas, before moving to Cuba and plowing into southern Florida as a very powerful Category 4 on Sunday, with storm surges and flooding due to begin within the next 48 hours.
Florida is braced for a possible direct hit from as early as Friday night, with forecasters predicting it could strike the entire Atlantic coast and rage into South Carolina and Georgia, where a mandatory evacuation has been ordered.