Tornado Watch Issued for Portions of Western and Central Alabama

By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

CLANTON – Sunday 11:45 am, January 9, 2022

Late this Sunday morning, a Tornado Watch has been issued for portions of western and central Alabama until 6 pm.  It is quite possible the watch will be expanded eastward during the afternoon.

A few straight-line wind gusts near 60 mph, hail to 1 inch in diameter, and a couple of tornadoes are possible in the shaded region, shown in the graphic above.

Around one inch of total rainfall is likely, with up to two inches in the stronger storms.  This may produce brief flash flooding, especially in urban areas.

Overnight low temperatures north of I-59 will range from the middle 20s to lower 30s.  Any standing water on bridges and overpasses will likely freeze producing slick spots.  The good news is that strong winds gusting from 20-30 mph tonight will aid in drying roadways quickly.   Temperatures in these areas will rise above freezing after 9 am Monday.

Make sure you have at least two methods to receive severe weather warnings, NOT including an outdoor siren.  Make sure your Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) is enabled.  If you are not sure, you can find instructions on the Internet for your particular device.

If a warning is issued for your area, abandon mobile/manufactured homes and seek shelter in a sturdier building if you do not have a storm shelter.  Finally, be a potential hero to someone and let them know if a warning is issued.  You may help save their life!

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