Storms Arrive After 6pm… Severe Weather Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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At 4pm, we’ve had to slow the arrival time of the storms by a few hours. The main window of severe weather for west Alabama appears to be in the 6pm to 2am time-slot. Keep in mind, you will not have severe weather for that long of a duration at your house, that is an estimate when there is a chance of severe storms. Areas east of I-65 will not have any severe weather issues until after 8pm tonight. The risk for areas east of I-65 and south of I-20 could last until 3am Friday morning.

Storms this evening and tonight could produce damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes. The higher risk of severe weather is for areas along and north of I-20, but areas south of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham are in a risk as well. Storms south of I-20 could also produce wind damage, hail and isolated tornadoes.

Below is the watch/warning map. Our local area remains under a flash flood watch. There is a tornado watch (counties in yellow) just to the west of Alabama over most of Mississippi. As the severe weather risks shifts closer to Alabama in the next few hours, we will likely see a tornado watch added for our counties.

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Everyone needs to be weather alert later this afternoon and tonight. Make sure you have a way to get warnings and a backup source. There are lots of warning apps for smart phones. You can use your NOAA weather radio to get alerts, and tune into WVUA-23 for live coverage during tornado warnings.

Tornado coverage… We will be on TV on WVUA non-stop during tornado warnings for all of west, central and east Alabama in the Birmingham TV market area. We can be heard live on Moody Radio 88.9fm in the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham area, 89.5fm in the Selma area, 91.9fm in the Dixons Mills area if you lose power.

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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