Severe Thunderstorm Watch

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Lauderdale, Limestone, Colbert and Franklin Counties in Alabama. The watch is also in effect across portions of southern middle Tennessee in pink, including Lincoln County.

Severe storms may produce damaging winds up to 70 mph

Flood Watch issued for parts of the area

The Weather Authority is closely monitoring the threat of storms late Wednesday evening through Thursday. A strong cold front will track through the region overnight, leading to the development of storms over the region.

Most of the day Wednesday looks to be dry across the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures will warm to the mid to upper 80s with gusts up to 35 mph. It will be a humid day and as a cold front approaches, showers and storms will likely develop Wednesday evening across northwest Alabama.

Storms will continue to build across the rest of the area Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

For our area, we have been placed under a slight and marginal risk (level 1 and 2 out of 5) for severe storms.

The main threats storms will pose are damaging winds and large hail. A tornado can’t be ruled out, mainly west of I-65. Storms will have the capability of producing winds between 50 and 60 mph. As the night wears on, the threat of severe weather will wane and heavy rainfall, localized flooding and lightning will be threats.

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