Severe Storms Likely in Alabama Tonight [PHOTOS, VIDEO]
A line of severe storms is in the forecast for Alabama tonight, bringing with it the threat of heavy rainfall, hail, isolated tornadoes, and damaging straight-line winds.
The NWS Relative Threat Levels indicate that we could see all modes of severe weather tonight. Storms should begin impacting West Alabama as early as 5 p.m. near the Mississippi State Line and nearing Tuscaloosa later in the evening; the NWS indicates West Alabama has a greater potential for severe weather than eastern portions of the state.
A Wind Advisory is currently in effect for most of Alabama until 7 a.m. tomorrow, as wind gusts of up to 40 MPH are possible today. Here's the full text of the NWS Advisory:
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT TUESDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM CDT TUESDAY. * TIMING...THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. * WINDS...SUSTAINED WINDS OF 18 TO 22 MPH WITH WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY IN HIGHER TERRAIN AND ON AREA LAKES. * IMPACTS...STRONG WINDS COULD KNOCK DOWN WEAK LIMBS AND POWER LINES...AND MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 24 MPH AND HIGHER... OR WIND GUSTS OF 36 MPH AND HIGHER...ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
Now is a good time to review your family's severe weather plan. Make sure you have a way to receive pertinent weather information or NWS warnings overnight and in the event you lose power during a storm.