SPC Reduces Slight Risk with Midday Update

A Slight Risk (Level 2) now includes locations west of a line from Halltown (Marion Co.) to Winfield (Marion Co.) to Sawyerville (Hale Co.) to Sweet Water (Marengo Co.).

A Marginal Risk (Level 1) has been reduced as well and is up as far east as a line from just west of Hazel Green (Madison Co.) to Chandler Mountain (St. Clair Co.) to Mount Olive (Coosa Co.) to just east of Montgomery (Montgomery Co.).

Threats remain to be for the potential of isolated damaging wind gusts and a few brief spin-up tornadoes. These tornadoes will be harder to detect because of the low-topped environment caused by tropical systems and that they will be mostly under the radar beam. You will definitely have to stay weather aware throughout the rest of the day.

The main window for the potential will be from now through 7:00 pm for the Central Alabama counties in the risk area, and through 9:00 pm for the North Alabama counties in the risk area.

The good news at this point is that much of the rainfall over the western half of the area is light to moderate in nature, but there are a few heavier downpours. Rainfall rates are expected to stay well below flash flood criteria throughout the day, but some ponding in poor drainage areas may be possible.

It will be a warm and muggy day across Central Alabama as the tropical moisture has really raised those humidity levels. Afternoon highs will be in the lower to mid-80s. It may become breezy at times this afternoon with any rain bands. Winds will be sustained at 15-20 MPH with gusts up to 35 MPH possible. A Wind Advisory has been issued until 7:00 pm for Bibb, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties in Central Alabama.

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