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Threat of severe storms likely this weekend

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Severe storms are expected to enter Alabama around 8 p.m. Saturday, possibly bringing damaging winds, rain, hail and the chance of isolated tornadoes to the state overnight and into Sunday morning.

FOX6 Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice says the storms could come in the form of supercells ahead of the main line, and those storm cells have a higher risk of producing tornadoes.

"Winds will be screaming at over 60 mph just above our heads Saturday night and it's not going to take much to transfer those winds down to the surface. While this is not an outbreak, I'm treating this as a serious weather situation," Dice said in a recent Weather Blog post.

The timing of the storm system could be slightly faster than what the Stormwarn team predicted yesterday.

Dice says the first storms could enter west Alabama counties by 8 p.m. Saturday and impact communities west of I-65 before midnight. The storm system will likely cross I-65 between 1 and 3 a.m. and move into east Alabama around daybreak. The severe weather is expected to move out of the state by 10 a.m. Sunday.

Western Alabama counties are under a moderate risk for severe storms, but Dice says the threat is area-wide and includes east Alabama. Some of the strongest storms could impact areas closer to the Mississippi state line, including Marion, Winston, Walker, Fayette, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa counties.

By 10 a.m. Sunday, the severe weather should exit the state. Rain and storms could linger in some areas through noon, but Sunday is predicted to be cloudy with occassional showers. Highs are expected to be in the mid-60s.

See more info from J-P Dice below, and read his full post on the Weather Blog here.

WHAT TO EXPECT: We may see a bit of everything with this system. This means tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, and even localized flooding. Some areas could receive 2+" of rainfall.

TIMING: Storms will enter the state by 8 p.m. and impact areas West of I-65 before midnight. We'll likely see the storms cross the I-65 corridor between 1-3 a.m. and move into East Alabama by daybreak.

SEVERE WEATHER PLAN: Make sure you have a plan of action and a reliable way to get weather warnings during this event. A siren won't cut it. That's old school and unreliable to wake you up. You need either a good app for your mobile device or a NOAA weather radio. Click on the SAFE-T Net link on our homepage for links to our recommended weather apps.

In addition, we have instructions on how to program your weather radio on the Weather Blog and on YouTube here. Plus, you might want to inform friends and family of the severe weather threat ahead of time. If you live in a mobile home - you need a safe place to go. I would also recommend batteries and a flashlight in case you lose power.

 

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