Tornado Watch Until 7PM For all of Central Alabama

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED  TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 3  NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 130 PM EST MON FEB 28 2011
  
   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A  TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
  
          CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST ALABAMA
          NORTHWEST GEORGIA
          WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
          UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA
          SOUTHERN MIDDLE AND EASTERN TENNESSEE
  
   EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 130 PM UNTIL 800 PM EST.
  
   TORNADOES…HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE  AREAS.
  
   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 110 STATUTE  MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES NORTH OF HICKORY NORTH CAROLINA TO 50 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TUSCALOOSA ALABAMA.  FOR  A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCh  OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).
  
   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.
  
   OTHER WATCH INFORMATION…THIS TORNADO WATCH REPLACES TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 31. WATCH NUMBER 31 WILL NOT BE IN EFFECT AFTER 130  PM EST. CONTINUE…WW 32
  
   DISCUSSION…STORM COVERAGE/INTENSITY SHOULD INCREASE THROUGH THE  AFTERNOON ALONG AND IMMEDIATELY AHEAD OF A WEAK SURFACE WAVE ACROSS MIDDLE TN…AND IN ADVANCE OF A MIDLEVEL TROUGH OVER NRN MS/WRN  TN/WRN KY.  THE STORM ENVIRONMENT REMAINS FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS
  AND A FEW TORNADOES ACROSS SE TN/AL/NW GA PER THE 18Z BMX SOUNDING.  FARTHER N…STORMS IN ERN TN WILL DEVELOP EWD INTO NW NC…ALONG THE OUTFLOW BOUNDARY FROM THE EARLIER CONVECTION THAT CROSSED INTO VA.  INSTABILITY WILL BE A LITTLE WEAKER THAN AREAS FARTHER SW…BUT VERTICAL SHEAR REMAINS STRONG…AND THE POTENTIAL WILL REMAIN FOR  EMBEDDED SUPERCELL STRUCTURES.  LATER DURING THE AFTERNOON…CONVECTION IS EXPECTED TO EVOLVE INTO MORE OF A LINEAR SYSTEM WITH A THREAT FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND BRIEF SPIN UPS ALONG THE  BOWING LINE SEGMENTS.
  
WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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