Strong Winds & a Couple Brief Tornadoes Possible Today; Strong Storms Possible on Wednesday

There was a very small expansion in the northwestern part of North Alabama with the Slight Risk that is up for today while Cristobal continues his slow trek to the north-northwest over the southwest corner of Mississippi and into east-central Arkansas. The threats for today haven’t changed as we still have the potential for damaging wind gusts up to 60 MPH and a few brief tropical-type spin-up tornadoes.

The Slight Risk is up for the western parts of the area west of a line from Gravelly Springs (Lauderdale Co.) to Carbon Hill (Walker Co.) to Uniontown (Perry Co.).

The Marginal Risk covers locations east of the Slight Risk to a line stretching from Hytop (Jackson Co.) to Heflin (Cleburne Co.) to Tuskegee (Macon Co.) to Banks (Pike Co.).

For locations in Central Alabama, the main window for the potential for severe storms goes from now until 7:00 pm tonight. For the North Alabama locations in a severe risk, the main window is from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

A Wind Advisory is up for Bibb, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties in Central Alabama until 7:00 pm tonight. Winds will become sustained at 15 to 20 MPH with gusts up to 35 MPH possible outside of any storms.

We will also have the potential for a few strong to severe storms on Wednesday as a cold front will be working through the area. At this point, the main threat looks to be from isolated damaging wind gusts up to 60 MPH with the timing occurring from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. As of now, a Marginal Risk is up for locations east of a line from Demopolis (Marengo Co.) to Adamsville (Jefferson Co.) to New Hope (Madison Co.).

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