Thunderstorms are expected this afternoon. Many of the storms will be severe with damaging winds up to 80 mph and large hail.

This warning comes directly from the Tuscaloosa Emergency Management Agency. They're also alerting the public of a heat advisory in effect from noon today to 6pm.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has stated:

  • Temperatures will rise into the mid 90s this afternoon while surface dew points remain in the 70s. This combination will produce heat indices around 105 degrees.
  • These hot and humid conditions will elevate the risk of heat stress and heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible.. Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat
exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an 911.

For the latest updates visit the Nation Weather Service website.