Morning Notes On Today’s Weather

| January 11, 2020 @ 7:14 am

A line of severe thunderstorms will move into far Northwest Alabama soon. A few early morning notes…

*The northern segment of the line is moving faster that forecast yesterday; timing has been adjusted for West Alabama. For now, timing remains the same for the rest of the state. This will be a daytime event.

*An 80 mph gust was recorded at the Tunica MS airport as the line came through.

*New SPC outlook increases tornado probabilities for Central Alabama; a strong tornado (EF-2 or higher) can’t be ruled out today. Still, the main issue is from damaging straight line winds. Tornado watch in effect for parts of North and Northwest Alabama already.
Remember, treat all warnings seriously today, including severe thunderstorm warnings.

*I would suggest not being in a mobile home as this line of severe storms passes today. And, of course, not in a vehicle.

*A few isolated tornadoes are possible within the line of storms.

*Ahead of the storms, strong gradient winds of 15-30 mph will continue today, with gusts to 40 mph. A wind advisory is in effect.

*Be ready for power outages; some scattered reports are already being received this morning. Over 25,000 in Memphis are without power.

*As I shift to TV coverage today, remember, I can’t give individual briefings on social media. Please watch our coverage on ABC 33/40 to get your questions answered. Our coverage is streamed on the ABC 33/40 app, website, and on Facebook as well as good ole over the air TV (which is free, I might add, and available with a very inexpensive antenna).

*We have events like this often in Alabama. No need to be anxious… just be sure you can hear warnings, have a good safety plan, and we will get though the day fine together.

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