The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a "Tornado Watch" for 20 counties in West and Central Alabama ahead of severe weather moving through the area this afternoon.

The watch will expire at 8 p.m.

Here are the counties impacted by the “Tornado Watch."

Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Winston.

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We want you to remember the phrase BE ALERT when you hear WATCH associated with any severe weather. The National Weather Service notes that a “Tornado Watch is issued when a severe thunderstorm and tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. It does not mean that they will occur. It only means they are possible.”

(Source) Information is from the National Weather Service in Birmingham. 

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