A Few Severe Storms Possible Today Including Tornadoes

By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

CLANTON – Thursday, 7:30 am April 13, 2023

A surface low-pressure system in southeast Mississippi early this morning will move slowly northward through this evening then northeastward and out of Alabama on Friday.  Bands of rain and thunderstorm will occur through this evening, similar to what one sees in tropical systems, moving from south to north.

Enough instability and shear will be in place that a few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible with damaging straight-line winds and a couple of tornadoes due to the formation of low-topped supercells.  

The instability will initially be highest across far south Alabama this morning, spreading across the entire state by afternoon.  A Tornado Watch is in effect for the southeast sections of the state until 1 pm, and additional watches are possible farther inland later today. 

Since any severe storm development could occur very quickly, it’s important that you can receive warnings and be able to take cover in a sturdy building immediately after they are issued.

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