By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON – Thursday, 2:15 pm May 11, 2023
A Mesoscale Convective System (MCS) or fairly large cluster of thunderstorms was in western Mississippi as of 2 pm and a Tornado Watch extends across Mississippi to the Alabama line.
Latest high-resolution model data indicates the MCS will enter western Alabama between 5 and 6 pm and continue eastward, weakening once it reaches I-65 later this evening.
As of right now, it appears damaging straight-line winds and large hail (but not tornadoes) will be the main threats in Alabama with this system, with potential damage across several counties. Although a damaging wind gust or two are possible east of I-65 between 8 pm and 11 pm, they will be very isolated at best.
This cluster could pack quite a punch and you should seek shelter if a warning is issued for your location. You should avoid travel in the warned area as well, as blinding rainfall could make it very difficult to see downed trees across roadways.