On Thursday afternoon, strong to severe storms were moving across Alabama. In the yellow areas, scattered severe storms are possible. Isolated severe storms can be found in the dark green areas. It is possible to experience tornadoes, severe winds, hail, and heavy rain. Today, the slight risk area (in yellow), has been extended to include more of Alabama.
As of Thursday afternoon, strong to severe storms were moving through parts of central and south Alabama. After a tornado-warned storm, damage to homes was reported in West-Central Alabama.
Multiple tornado warnings have been issued for the state today. As of 3:25 p.m., the tornado warning for parts in the Birmingham metro area was cancelled.
A tornado warning remains in effect for Autauga County and the northwestern Lowndes county until 4:30 p.m.
The storm was near Benton at 4:06 p.m. and moving northeast at 45 mph.
Some of the locations that could be affected are Selmont-West Selmont and Prattville.
A tornado warning remains in effect for north central Monroe County through 5 p.m.
At 4:09 p.m., the storm was located 7 mi northwest of Frisco City. It was moving northeast at 55 MPH.
The storm will be moving near Vredenburgh and Beatrice.
Additionally, severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for portions of southwest Alabama.
From earlier storms, damage has been reported in Sumter and Hale counties. A storm chaser reported damage to several homes in the area, and a mobile home was moved from its foundation.
For today, the SPC has expanded a Level 2 (or slight risk) for severe weather in parts of south, west and central Alabama. Other areas of the state are also in a Level 1 (minimal risk) area.
A slight chance of severe storms is possible. A marginal risk will allow for isolated severe storms.
Any stronger storms will produce hail, wind gusts of up to 60 mph, and tornadoes.
A tornado watch has been issued by the Storm Prediction Center for a portion of the state. The tornado watch will remain in effect until 6 pm, but several counties have been removed after severe storms.
According to the Storm Prediction Center, there will be a few severe tornadoes in the area. This also includes parts of Mississippi.
Forecasters stated that the watch area will be susceptible to damaging winds of up to 70 mph, and isolated hail.
These are the counties that were dropped from the watch at 3:35 p.m.
Alabama counties that are still under watch include Autauga and Baldwin, Bibb. Butler, Chilton. Clarke. Conecuh. Crenshaw. Dallas, Escambia. Jefferson. Lowndes. Mobile. Monroe. Perry. Shelby. Washington. Wilcox. Bullock. Chambers. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Clay. Coosa. Elmore. Lee. Montgomery. Randolph.
Additionally, heavy rain could cause flash flooding. Until today, a flood watch is in effect for most of central Alabama and a portion of north Alabama.
According to forecasters, an additional 2 to 3 inches of rainfall will be possible in certain areas, particularly in northern Alabama. This is on top of the rain that fell Wednesday in some areas, adding up to 1 to 2-inches.
Flash flood warnings are in effect for the south-central Choctaw and Clarke counties, until 6 p.m.
The area was experiencing storms that have dropped between 1 and 3 inches of rain. These storms could bring an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain, according to the weather service.
According to Huntsville’s weather service, a flood watch is continuing for north Alabama up until 9 p.m. The weather service dropped several northwest counties on Thursday afternoon.
According to the weather service in Birmingham, a flood watch has been put in place for a portion of central Alabama. It will continue until Friday morning.
As of 4:05 PM, Greene and Sumter, Marengos, Tuscaloosas, Fayettes, Lamars, Marions, Pickens Walkers and Winston counties were removed from the flood watch.
As if all that weren’t enough, north Alabama could see some icy weather late tonight.
According to the weather service, some freezing rain is possible in northwest Alabama tonight as cold air moves in behind the front. It could cause a few slick spots along roads Friday morning before temperatures rise above freezing.
These are some of the potential areas that could be affected by north Alabama’s new legislation:
One small area in central Alabama’s northwest could see some slick spots from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday