— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters say eastern Alabama is in for a windy day because of Hurricane Sandy.
The National Weather Service says northwest winds of at least 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph are possible through sunset Monday.
Forecasters say the breezy northwest winds are due to the interaction of high pressure to the northwest and low pressure from Sandy to the northeast.
The strongest winds are expected east of Interstate 65, particularly in the higher elevations in the state's northeastern corner.
The weather service says high winds combined with low humidity are increasing the fire threat in southeastern Alabama. They've issued a red flag warning and are recommending against outdoor burning in that area.