9:45am Severe Weather Update #alwx @wvua23
April 5, 2017 Leave a comment
At 9:45am Wednesday, the morning round of severe storms is coming to an end over west and central Alabama. The tornado watch for west portions of west Alabama has been allowed to expire, but east and central Alabama remains under the current watch until noon. Keep in mind, a new watch will likely be issued once the next round gets organized and moves in.
So far, we have numerous reports of storms producing hail and several reports of wind damage, but there have been no confirmed tornadoes from the morning storms. The sun is quickly breaking out over most of west Alabama now, which will allow instability to rapidly increase through the midday into the early afternoon. At this moment, rain and storms are still ongoing for areas near and to the east of I-65, but storms will end there over the next couple of hours.
A tornado watch continues for all of central Alabama until noon today, but a new watch will likely replace the current one by noon, as more isolated severe storms are expected this afternoon.
As the dry line approaches west Alabama, isolated supercell storms will form on the dry line and track east. These storms will be capable of producing large hail, damaging wind and a few tornadoes. Keep in mind, not everyone will get the next round of severe storms, as they will be isolated. This is not a solid line where everyone gets bad weather. You could have a tornado 10 miles from your house, with the sun shining at your house. That’s the nature of isolated supercell storms, rather than a solid line. The higher risk of tornadoes with the second round will be along and east of I-65, but a few isolated tornadoes are possible in west Alabama as well. Keep in mind, all of Alabama is in some sort of severe weather risk, with the higher potential for severe weather occurring in east Alabama.
The risk of severe weather will end for areas west of I-65 by 6pm and will end in east Alabama by 8pm this evening. After that, all areas will be out of the risk…
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