Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch Til 3am! Be Alert! #alwx @wvua23

Tornado Watch Number 17
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
650 PM CST Sat Jan 21 2017

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Tornado Watch for portions of
Central and southern Alabama
Western and central Florida Panhandle
Small part of southeastern Mississippi
Coastal Waters

* Effective this Saturday night and Sunday morning from 650 PM
until 300 AM CST.


* Primary threats include…
Several tornadoes and a few intense tornadoes likely
Scattered damaging winds and isolated significant gusts to 75
mph possible
Isolated very large hail events to 2.5 inches in diameter

SUMMARY…A cluster of storms now moving into extreme southwestern
Alabama is the first of what likely will be several areas of severe
weather moving across this watch overnight. As a warm front moves
northward across the region, conditions will moisten and destabilize
considerably amidst strong vertical shear. The resulting parameter
space is one often associated with long-lasting, intense tornadoes
rated EF2 or greater.

The tornado watch area is approximately along and 100 statute miles
north and south of a line from 80 miles north of Mobile AL to 50
miles south of Columbus GA. For a complete depiction of the watch
see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).


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.


Keep in mind, we go live non-stop on TV on WVUA during tornado warnings. You can go to, scroll to the weather tab and click on Live severe weather stream to watch from your computer or smart phone. We will also facebook live severe weather coverage. Just look for WVUA23 on facebook!

For more updates, go to the weather blog at, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott


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