Much of West Alabama and East Mississippi Under Severe Weather Watch
Numerous West Alabama counties are currently under a severe thunderstorm watch!
According to the National Weather Service, a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Perry, and Pickens Counties. This will likely remain in effect until 7:00 p.m. (Source.)
Meteorologist Wes Wyatt shows a more expanded view of the areas that could be affected.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the highlighted counties until Mar 11, 2020 7:00PM #alwx #WBRCFirstAlert pic.twitter.com/srUpzOxc0f
— Wes Wyatt (@weswyattweather) March 11, 2020
What exactly does this mean? Well, the National Weather Service issued the following information on what to do in case of a severe thunderstorm:
- Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for severe weather. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. Check the Weather-Ready Nation for tips.
- Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warning. Some communities have outdoor sirens. Others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents to severe storms.
- Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information. Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Get more ideas for a plan at: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
- Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a damaging wind or large hail is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go there when severe thunderstorm warnings are issued. Don't forget pets if time allows.
- Prepare Your Home : Keep trees and branches trimmed near your house. If you have time before severe weather hits, secure loose objects, close windows and doors, and move any valuable objects inside or under a sturdy structure.
- Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for severe thunderstorms. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt during severe weather.
We'll continue to keep our eyes on the weather and to keep you informed as more information emerges.