A new Tornado Watch has been issued for portions of Western through Northern Alabama, Northwestern Georgia, and Southeastern Tennessee until 10:00AM CST. Here is a list of Central Alabama counties within this new watch.
BIBB, BLOUNT, JEFFERSON, WALKER, FAYETTE, GREENE, HALE, LAMAR, PICKENS, SUMTER, TUSCALOOSA, CHILTON, PERRY, SHELBY, ST. CLAIR, TALLADEGA, CALHOUN, CLEBURNE, CHEROKEE, ETOWAH, MARENGO
Primary threats include a few tornadoes possible, isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible, and isolated large hail events to 1 inches in diameter possible.
A band of intermittently severe thunderstorms, with embedded qlcs mesovortices and supercell structures, will pose a continuing tornado risk as it accelerates eastward through the remainder of the early/mid-morning hours. A supercell or two also may still develop in the warm sector ahead of the line, also offering tornado potential.
Remember, a Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.
A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Falls City and Arley, and was moving to the northeast at 55 MPH. If you are in the path of this storm, you need to seek shelter immediately! Locations in the path of this storm are listed below:
GOOD HOPE, CULLMAN, LOGAN, WEST POINT, BALDWIN, CRANE HILL AND JOPPA.
A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located Curry and just southwest of Arley, and was moving to the northeast at 50 MPH. If you are in the path of this storm, you need to seek shelter immediately! Locations in the path of this storm are listed below:
ARLEY, FALLS CITY, HELICON, SMITH LAKE, CURRY, RACCOON BRANCH, BEAR BRANCH, BATTLE BRANCH, LITTLE BEAR BRANCH, COON CREEK, MAPLE BRANCH, LITTLE DISMAL CREEK, DEVILS BRANCH, HIDDEN COVE CAMPGROUND, PANTHER BRANCH, CUTOFF BRANCH, MILL BRANCH, BIG BEAR BRANCH, DUNCAN BRIDGE AND WILSON BEND.
Our line of storms is growing in size and intensity early this morning. It extends from near Huntsville to Winfield in Marion County to near Columbus MS to Jackson and into Central Louisiana.
There are several severe thunderstorm warnings across the Tennessee Valley and one tornado along the Tennessee borer in Jackson County.
There are no discrete storms ahead of the main line now, and hence less in the way of warnings. But there is still a decent supply of instability and strong wind shear ahead of the line of storms, so severe weather is still possible, including tornadoes. A tornado watch remains in effect until 5 a.m. Additional tornado watches will be required later this morning almost certainly.
Cloud tops are cooling over southwestern Mississippi, where the storms are becoming quite strong. As these storms continue to expand and grow, heavy rains will become a threat as they expand northeastward. This heavy rain could spread into Central Alabama later this morning. We need the rain, but hopefully it won’t come at the expense of flash flooding.
There is also a second confluent zone developing ahead of the main line along and south of I-59 in West Alabama. This could spell more heavy rain with time.
The NWS is not going to issue a warning for the storm moving into Pickens County right now.
It is approaching Macedonia in NW Pickens County.
It is the one isolated storm ahead of the now nearly solid squall line. It will pass just west of Reform it appears.
The storm is weaker but we will be monitoring it.
The NWS has added Jefferson, Bibb and Blount Counties to the Tornado Watch.
It remains in effect until 5 a.m. CDT.