By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON – Wednesday, 2:30 pm June 14, 2023
A couple of tornadoes have been reported as of early afternoon in southeastern AL, with a number of damaging wind gusts near and north of I-20.
There are little changes to the SPC outlook area, and I have included a timeline for severe weather through early Thursday morning. It should be noted that there will likely be 2-4 hour lulls between each wave of storms through tonight. The exception may near a nearly stationary boundary stretching from near a Tuscaloosa – Montgomery – Eufaula line. Within 50 miles of either side of this line, numerous storms are possible on an almost continuous basis through the night.
For the remainder of this afternoon through this evening near and south of I-20, the potential continues for a few tornadoes including EF2+, pockets of straight-line wind gusts of 80 mph causing significant damage and hail up to baseball size. In addition, torrential rainfall could lead to flash flooding and Flood Watches are in effect across much of the state into Thursday.
Redevelopment of strong to severe thunderstorms along with torrential rainfall is expected generally south of Hwy 80 – I-85 between 1 pm and 8 pm Thursday. Straight-line winds and large hail will be the main threats.