Central Alabama: Several Rounds of Severe Weather Expected Today
Today, Tuesday, May 4, 2021, there is the potential for various rounds of concerning weather for Central Alabama. I strongly encourage you to stay weather aware, have multiple ways to receive warnings, and know that weather information can change due to conditions.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham provides guidance on timeline and threats.
8 am – 2 pm
Our coverage areas are either in the slight or marginal risk zones.
Slight Risk Area
Brief Tornado possible
Damaging winds up to 60 miles per hour
Quarter Sized Hail
Marginal Risk Area
Threats from the “slight risk area” are less likely but cannot be completely ruled out.
2 pm – 10 pm
All of Central Alabama is in the ENHANCED RISK area. Our coverage area is in the earlier time frame of this severe weather round. 2 pm – 7 pm. James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist noted that this is the “most impactful batch of storms.”
Enhanced Risk Area
Damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour
Quarter Sized Hail
James Spann reminds us that the “main concern will come from the third round of storms this afternoon and tonight... they will have potential to bring damaging straight line winds and a few isolated tornadoes. Some hail is possible as well. The SPC probabilistic outlook shows most of Alabama will have a 30-45 percent chance of damaging winds within 25 miles of a given point. Rain amounts of 1-2 inches are likely over the next 24 hours, and some flooding issues are possible. A flash flood watch is in effect for the southwest counties of the state.”
We will monitor this weather situation closely and be on standby to bring you weather updates and long-form weather coverage.
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