Tornado Watch in Effect Until 7pm Tonight
All of our listening area is under a Tornado Watch until 7pm this evening. Get more info after the jump.
The images below from the National Weather Service in Birmingham outline when storms are projected to impact our state.
ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann writes on the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog, "The primary window for severe weather in Alabama remains from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The core threat will come during the afternoon and evening hours.The Storm Prediction Center has ALL 67 Alabama counties in the standard “slight risk” of severe weather today. Doesn’t matter where you live, there is a risk of severe weather.[...] The main squall line, we project it to be near Decatur/Smith Lake/Jasper/Tuscaloosa/Demopolis around 2:00. Once the main line passes the severe weather threat will end. And, please understand these are approximate times, and could change. The mesoscale models are not in very good agreement on the timing, but this is a general idea."
"Damaging straight line winds are possible along the line of storms; please pay attention to severe thunderstorm warnings today, and the words used in the text of the warning. Remember, damaging straight line winds can create damage similar in magnitude to a tornado. Each severe thunderstorm warning will clearly let you know the biggest threat is high wind, hail, or both. And, there is a clear “call to action” statement."
"Rain amounts of 1.5 to 2 inches are likely, and there could be a few flooding issues before the day is over, especially in low lying and flood prone areas. On the positive side, this rain will knock down the pollen levels on a temporary basis. Be sure you are in a position to hear severe weather watches and warnings tomorrow as they are issued… this should NEVER be an outdoor warning siren."
Get more details about today's forecast by watching the latest ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme Video below.