The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a TORNADO WARNING in effect until 12 p.m. for a portion of Tuscaloosa and Pickens Counties.

The text of the warning is as follows:

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CDT FOR NORTH
CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA AND SOUTHEASTERN FAYETTE COUNTIES...

At 1121 AM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado
was located 8 miles northwest of Samantha, or 14 miles southeast of
Fayette, moving northeast at 40 mph.

HAZARD...Tornado and quarter size hail.

SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation.

IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
         shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage
         to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur.  Tree damage is
         likely.

Locations impacted include...
Berry, Boley Springs, Whitson and New Lexington.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a
mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter
and protect yourself from flying debris.

Heavy rainfall may hide this tornado. Do not wait to see or hear the
tornado. TAKE COVER NOW!

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