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LIVE BLOG: Tornado Watch in effect through 2am Saturday, Severe Weather Updates for Friday Night/ Saturday Morning

TENNESSEE VALLEY – Severe thunderstorms are expected to arrive in north Alabama and southern Tennessee late Friday evening through early Saturday morning. A tornado watch is in effect for north Alabama and southern Tennessee through 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Storms Friday night: The storms are firing up slower/later than originally forecast, but a wave of strong to severe storms is expected to surge south of I-40 in Tennessee after 8pm; this means that the storms would arrive in the Tennessee Valley late Friday night (after 10 PM). The specific timeline for any one spot is highly variable; be alert for watches and warnings if they are required for your area.

The first wave of storms ends early Saturday morning, but more scattered heavy – and potentially severe – storms develop Saturday afternoon and evening. There is a *SLIGHT RISK* outlined for much of Alabama and Georgia for Saturday as well; that’s mainly for the risk of strong winds and hail within individual storms.

Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!

A list of Tennessee Valley Tornado Shelters can be found by clicking here. You can find the radio stations that simulcast WHNT News 19’s coverage during severe weather by clicking here.

Our meteorologists will continue to monitor the conditions; below is the latest information.

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You can find a list of Tennessee Valley Tornado Shelters here.

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You can find the radio stations that simulcast WHNT News 19’s coverage during severe weatherby clicking here. 

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You can find the radio stations that simulcast WHNT News 19’s coverage during severe weatherby clicking here. 

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You can find the radio stations that simulcast WHNT News 19’s coverage during severe weather by clicking here. 

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Severe Weather can develop quickly, so it’s best to prepare a safety kit for your home and for your car. We’ve compiled a list of items you should prepare here.

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Keyholders confirm that the Harvest community storm shelter has been opened ahead of the storms.

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