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| 7:13 pm February 18, 2013

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We are tracking strong thunderstorms to the west of Alabama tonight. They developed ahead of a cold front that will push through the area later tonight and Tuesday morning.

The system has prompted a severe thunderstorm watch and several severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. The line of storms extends from just west of Blytheville AR to west of Memphis to Pine Bluff to Eldorado to Shreveport to between Tyler and Lufkin in eastern Texas.

There currently are three severe thunderstorm warnings ahead of the line over eastern Arkansas and one tornado warning for counties south of Shreveport in eastern Texas and western Louisiana.

The SPC has areas ahead of the line in their standard risk, indicating an elevated threat of severe weather. This extends only as far east as Ruston, LA along I-20.

No reports of tornadoes so far. There have been several reports of damaging winds and large hail.

The line is weakening and will continue to do so as it outruns the instability. It should reach northwestern Alabama between 11 p.m. and midnight with showers and some thunder moving into West Central Alabama after midnight.

It will continue weakening through the pre-dawn hours. Rain should reach the Birmingham area between 1 and 2 a.m. The back edge should arrive in Birmingham around dawn.

We will of course be monitoring the situation through the night here on the blog.

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