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Strong winds, tornadoes possible with storms in North Alabama and Tennessee Monday night through Tuesday morning
A significant threat of severe weather develops tonight from Mississippi and Tennessee east into Alabama; strong wind gusts, tornadoes and hail may come with a long line of storms moving across North Alabama between roughly 11 PM and 4 AM. Stay alert tonight! We’ve been in the ‘ready’ stage: knowing that a threat is coming. Now it’s time for ‘set’ and ‘go.’ A ‘Watch’ may be issued later this evening, and if there’s a ‘Warning,’ it’s time to go and take care of your family.
Timing the storms: We’ve adjusted the timeline a touch to account for a more accurate ‘start’ time in Northwest Alabama (Wayne/Lawrence TN) and a faster movement across North Alabama: leading to a slightly earlier estimated time of arrival in Huntsville, Decatur, Athens, Scottsboro, Fort Payne, and all points in between.
Be ready for warnings during these times; we won’t all get one, but some warnings (both Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm) are possible through the overnight hours.
A note about how you get a warning: The National Weather Service did away with county-based warnings over a decade ago. We have been on the ‘storm-based polygon warning’ since the late 2000s. That means your older (but still reliable) technology like NOAA Weather Radio will still tell you A Tornado Warning has been issued for ______ County until _____ affecting the cities of ______.’ Weather apps don’t do that; they are location-based. That means it alerts you if and only if you are INSIDE that warned geographic area.
Preparing for a severe threat: Now is the time to go over your severe weather safety plan.
- Check your NOAA Weather Radio to make sure it has fresh batteries. Click here to review how to program a NOAA Weather Radio.
- Download the Live Alert 19 app. With Live Alert 19, you can set-up custom locations and alerts, but we recommend that you also make sure the ‘current location’ feature is enabled so that you’ll receive alerts for exactly where you are.
- Gather items in your emergency kit or “Weather Ready Kit”
- Review the safest location in the event of damaging winds or a tornado warning with your family or community.
- Review the location of the nearest tornado shelter and the time it takes to travel there.
Election Day: The weather itself will not interfere with voting in North Alabama, and the storm threat diminishes quickly for Central Alabama Tuesday morning. The unknowns are power outages and what/if any wind damage could make it difficult to get out early in the morning.
The weather itself will improve significantly through the morning: becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon with a high in the lower 70s.