A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of the Tennessee Valley until 3 AM. A strong line of storms will track eastward through the area overnight with the capability of producing a tornado, damaging winds, and heavy rain.

The Tornado Watch includes all of north Alabama along with Giles, Franklin, and Lincoln counties in Tennessee.

This line of storms is expected to enter northwest Alabama around 10 p.m. It will then move through places like Athens and Huntsville between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. It will be out of northeast Alabama by 4 a.m. Saturday.

The Storm Prediction Center has parts of our area under an *ENHANCED RISK* (Level 3 of 5) for Friday night into Saturday morning, for numerous severe storms to develop.

The main threats from storms will be damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, ponding and localized flooding. A tornado will also be possible, especially west of I-65. Outside of storms, wind gusts of 40 to 45 mph will be possible. A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. High winds could down trees and lead to power outages.

Rainfall amounts will range anywhere from 0.50 inches to 1.75 inches. Heavy rainfall could lead to ponding and localized flooding.

Stay alert and make sure you have multiple ways to get warnings, should one be issued. You’ll want a way to get woken up in the middle of the night as these will be moving through when most will be sleeping. You can download our Live Alert 19 weather app or get a NOAA weather radio.

Keep checking back with the Weather Authority as we update you.