12:45PM April 17, 2019

LEVEL 3 RISK ZONE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ALL LOCAL AREAS… Tornadoes will be likely Thursday evening into early Friday morning with a few strong tornadoes being possible. The Storm Prediction Center continues to include much of Alabama, southern Mississippi, and eastern Louisiana in their Level 3 (out of 5) enhanced severe weather risk zone valid for Thursday. Multiple tornadoes are likely, a few strong tornadoes will be possible, damaging wind gusts are likely, and large hail is possible. The higher risk zone remains in place across nearly all of our local area as of the 1PM update. As of 1PM, SPC has expanded the Level 3 risk to include much of southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle region.

LEVEL 3 RISK ZONE FOR THURSDAY… ALL of our local area is now involved in the Level 3 (out of 5) enhanced severe weather risk zone on Thursday, including the following areas: Brewton, Flomaton, Atmore, Poarch, Evergreen, Castleberry, Lenox, Repton, Monroeville, Uriah, Beatrice, Grove Hill, Thomasville, Jackson, Coffeeville, Silas, Toxey, Chatom, Millry, Wagerville, Leroy, Fruitdale, Calvert, Mt. Vernon, Citronelle, Mobile, Axis, Prichard, Dauphin Island, Theodore, Saraland, Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Bay Minette, Stockton, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Molino, Century, Walnut Hill, Bratt, Jay, Berrydale, Milton, Navarre, Allentown, Chumuckla, Red Level, Greenville, Georgiana, Andalusia, Opp, Florala, Luverne, Destin, Crestview, and Fort Walton Beach. Areas just to our north are also included in this Level 3 risk zone: Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Clanton, Selma, Demopolis, Jasper, Hamilton, Prattville, Livingston, Camden, Hayneville, and Butler.

NO ISSUES ON THURSDAY MORNING… Besides some patchy areas of dense fog, no major weather issues are expected before the lunch hour on Thursday. Cloud coverage will continue to increase.

SHOWERS & STORMS ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON… Severe weather issues are likely to be in progress to our west on Thursday afternoon. SPC maintains a Level 3 risk zone for much of the southern half of Mississippi and eastern Louisiana where there is a chance of a few strong tornadoes happening. We could have a few spotty showers and storms around our region during the afternoon hours of Thursday. These showers and storms will likely be well under severe limits. We’ll call it a 30% chance of rain during the afternoon hours with rain chances rising after 8PM as the line of storms moves in late Thursday.

SEVERE WEATHER TIMING… The severe weather risk window will be from 6PM Thursday to 3AM on Friday, with the core risk being from 9PM to 1AM. It looks like we will be up late monitoring storms, meaning we all will need a way to get warnings before we go to sleep!

SEVERE WEATHER HAZARDS THURSDAY EVENING… The latest model indications point to a severe line of thunderstorms moving through Thursday evening into Friday morning with the risk of a few supercell storms firing up out ahead of the main line. Tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail will all be concerns as this batch of storms moves by. If supercells can become more discrete and isolated, we will have to adjust the tornado risk even higher than what it is right now. Be sure to check back with me later this evening and Thursday morning for the latest information!

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Let me know if you have specific questions. My next detailed forecast update will be available later this evening with a Medium-Level Alert sent for users of our RedZone Weather app. See you then!

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12:15PM April 17, 2019

AWAITING CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK UPDATE… The Storm Prediction Center is set to release their latest convective outlook valid for Thursday over the next few minutes. Regardless of if we remain at a Level 3 risk or are upgraded to a Level 4 (out of 5) risk zone, there will be a chance for a few strong tornadoes on Thursday evening, especially across west Alabama.

Standby. I’ll have the latest information available shortly.

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6:50AM April 17, 2019

STRONG TORNADOES POSSIBLE THURSDAY

UPGRADE TO LEVEL 3 SEVERE WEATHER RISK ZONE… Tornadoes and damaging winds will be possible Thursday P.M. into the early part of Friday. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has upgraded nearly all of southwest Alabama and northwest Florida into their Level 3 (out of 5) enhanced risk zone. SPC notes that a few strong (EF2+) tornadoes may become possible Thursday evening into early Friday morning as this system moves by. Timing with this severe weather potential has changed a bit and will be a bit later than initially suggested. After the storms tomorrow evening, we’ve got a cool Friday ahead of a fantastic Easter weekend. That’s your forecast summary, here are all of the details…

LEVEL 3 RISK ZONE FOR THURSDAY… Vast majority of our local area is now involved in the Level 3 (out of 5) enhanced severe weather risk zone on Thursday, including the following areas: Brewton, Flomaton, Atmore, Poarch, Evergreen, Castleberry, Lenox, Repton, Monroeville, Uriah, Beatrice, Grove Hill, Thomasville, Jackson, Coffeeville, Silas, Toxey, Chatom, Millry, Wagerville, Leroy, Fruitdale, Calvert, Mt. Vernon, Citronelle, Mobile, Axis, Prichard, Dauphin Island, Theodore, Saraland, Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Bay Minette, Stockton, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Molino, Century, Walnut Hill, Bratt, Jay, Berrydale, Milton, Navarre, Allentown, Chumuckla, Red Level, Greenville, and Georgiana. Areas just to our north are also included in this Level 3 risk zone: Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Clanton, Selma, Demopolis, Jasper, Hamilton, Prattville, Livingston, Camden, Hayneville, and Butler.

LEVEL 2 RISK TO THE EAST – THURSDAY… Several communities on the eastern side of our local area remain involved in the Level 2 (out of 5) slightly lower risk area, including places like Andalusia, Opp, Florala, Luverne, Destin, Crestview, and Fort Walton Beach. Many communities across the eastern half of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are also involved in this Level 2 risk zone: Auburn, Montgomery, Troy, Dothan, Enterprise, Elba, Geneva, Abbeville, Ozark, Alexander City, Talladega, Gadsden, Huntsville, Panama City, Seaside, Marianna, Mexico Beach, and Port St. Joe.

PARTLY CLOUDY & NICE ON THIS WEDNESDAY… Locally, across south Alabama and northwest Florida, we will be dry and warm on this Wednesday. You’ll notice some puffy, white cumulus clouds in the sky this afternoon that will likely increase in coverage throughout the day. High temperatures peak in the mid-80s by 3PM.

SEVERE WEATHER RISK TO THE WEST TODAY… The Storm Prediction Center is outlining much of southwest Arkansas, southern Oklahoma, and a big chunk of Texas in their Level 3 (out of 5) enhanced risk zone for severe weather today (Wednesday). If you’re traveling west toward Dallas or Waco in Texas, be aware of a risk of a few tornadoes and very large hail.

NO ISSUES ON THURSDAY MORNING… Besides some patchy areas of dense fog, no major weather issues are expected before the lunch hour on Thursday. Cloud coverage will continue to increase.

SHOWERS & STORMS ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON… Severe weather issues are likely to be in progress to our west on Thursday afternoon. SPC maintains a Level 3 risk zone for much of the southern half of Mississippi and eastern Louisiana where there is a chance of a few strong tornadoes happening. We could have a few spotty showers and storms around our region during the afternoon hours of Thursday. These showers and storms will likely be well under severe limits. We’ll call it a 30% chance of rain during the afternoon hours with rain chances rising after 8PM as the line of storms moves in late Thursday.

UPDATED: TIMING OF SEVERE WEATHER THURSDAY… This has changed somewhat since yesterday. The severe weather risk window will be from 6PM Thursday to 3AM on Friday, with the core risk being from 9PM to 1AM. It looks like we will be up late monitoring storms, meaning we all will need a way to get warnings before we go to sleep!

SEVERE WEATHER HAZARDS THURSDAY EVENING… The latest model indications point to a strong to potentially severe line of thunderstorms moving through Thursday evening into Friday morning with the risk of a few supercell storms firing up out ahead of the main line. Tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail will all be concerns as this batch of storms moves by. If supercells can become more discrete and isolated, we will have to adjust the tornado risk even higher than what it is right now. Be sure to check back with me later today and tonight for the latest information!

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TORNADO WARNING COVERAGE POLICY… Be sure to join me on Facebook Live and in the Live video tab of the RedZone Weather app if/when we have tornado warnings late Thursday into Friday morning. redzoneweather.com/coverage outlines our coverage commitment to southwest Alabama and northwest Florida. If any of our 12 local counties go under a tornado warning at any point, we provide uninterrupted live video coverage across our platforms.

MUCH COOLER FRIDAY… After the severe weather risk on Thursday, we could have rain showers Friday morning that linger into the afternoon hours. Most spots should be dry by Friday evening as cooler, dry, stable air continues to filter in from the northwest. Temperatures on Friday will be borderline chilly with high temperatures struggling to reach the upper-60s.

FANTASTIC EASTER WEEKEND UPCOMING… It doesn’t get much better for a late April weekend in the Deep South. High temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-70s on both Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will be in the upper-40s. We will have full sunshine each day. It will be a bit chilly (temperatures around 47°) for Easter sunrise services across the region, but the good news is no rain is expected. If you’re having an Easter egg hunt or another outdoor activity this weekend, the forecast looks fantastic!

DRY, WARM START TO EARLY NEXT WEEK… Monday and Tuesday of the upcoming week look nice, dry, and quite warm. High temperatures will reach the mid-80s each day with morning lows near 60°. We are increasingly having more 80 degree days as of late. It looks like the chance of a late season freeze are now near zero for most spots. Very early model data suggests our next “weathermaker” will move through around Thursday of next week. Far too early to know whether severe weather will be an issue, but obviously it’s the heart of severe weather season around here. Something to watch. We’ll keep you posted.

See all the details, including a graphical look at the next 7 days and in-depth coverage of the Thursday evening severe weather potential, in your Wednesday #rzw forecast video… Enjoy your day!

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4:33PM April 16, 2019

SPECIAL OUTLOOK UPGRADE TO LEVEL 3 FOR THURSDAY… The Storm Prediction Center has issued a special early evening update to upgrade much of southern Mississippi, eastern Louisiana, and parts of far western Alabama into their Level 3 (out of 5) enhanced severe weather risk zone valid for Thursday. SPC notes that supercell thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes will be possible Thursday afternoon and evening, mainly across eastern Louisiana and the southern half of Mississippi. If supercells develop, they will form out ahead of a developing QLCS/squall line that ultimately will move across our local area late Thursday evening or in the very early morning of Friday morning. Parts of Washington, Choctaw, and Sumter counties in west Alabama are included in this higher Level 3 risk zone.

NEW: TIMING OF SEVERE WEATHER THURSDAY EVENING… This has changed somewhat since this morning. The severe weather risk window will be from 6PM Thursday to 3AM on Friday across south Alabama and northwest Florida, with the core risk being from 9PM to 1AM. It looks like we will be up late monitoring storms, meaning we all will need a way to get warnings before we go to sleep!

SEVERE WEATHER HAZARDS THURSDAY EVENING… The latest model indications point to a strong to potentially severe line of thunderstorms moving through Thursday evening into Friday morning. This means the squall line of storms (QLCS) will likely be our main concern in south Alabama and northwest Florida. Supercell thunderstorms that develop out ahead of the main line of storms will also be a concern, thus slightly increasing the risk of tornadoes. At this point, the core of the tornado risk looks to set up just to our west, but unfortunately we could potentially have a few tornadoes locally as well.

LEVEL 3 RISK ZONE… Let me stress that ALL of us across Alabama and northwest Florida have at least some risk of tornadoes and damaging winds on Thursday, but clearly the greater risk will happen over west Alabama. For now, parts of Washington, Choctaw, and Sumter counties are involved in the higher Level 3 risk zone. Places like Gilbertown, Melvin, Pushmataha, Yantley, Cuba, Millry, Needham, and Chapel Hill are included in the Level 3 risk zone.

LEVEL 2 RISK FOR EVERYONE ELSE… All of the major population areas in our local area are included in the Level 2 (out of 5) risk zone valid for Thursday. Mobile, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Crestview, Milton, Berrydale, Jay, Century, Molino, Gulf Breeze, Foley, Fairhope, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Bay Minette, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Bayou La Batre, Citronelle, Chatom, Wagerville, Leroy, Jackson, Thomasville, Grove Hill, Monroeville, Uriah, Beatrice, Evergreen, Repton, Castleberry, Greenville, Georgiana, Andalusia, Opp, and Florala are all included in this Level 2 risk area.

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1:23PM April 17, 2019

SONIC BOOM WAS LIKELY NOT AN EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING… The numerous reports of sonic booms and houses shaking across parts of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties this morning were likely not caused by an earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has (as of 1:23PM) not suggested or confirmed any earthquake activity today. Dozens of people in places like Milton, Bagdad, Crestview, Harold, Holt, and many areas near Eglin Air Force Base reported loud booms and houses shaking earlier this morning. Let me know here what happened in your location this morning… Did you hear the booms or experience your house shaking? If so, where and what happened?

The reports I’ve received this morning are not consistent with the now “normal” minor earthquake pattern over the last few weeks. The reports are consistent with unannounced military activity, however, although I cannot conclusively say that is what caused the boom/shaking. I’ll let you know if there are updates to this situation.

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6:51AM April 16, 2019

SUNNY, NICE TUESDAY; THURSDAY SEVERE WEATHER THREAT… Enjoy the sunny, beautiful weather we’ll have on this Tuesday as we have another round of strong to severe thunderstorms set to move across Alabama and northwest Florida on Thursday in the afternoon and evening hours. High temperatures will climb into the low-80s this afternoon. More sunshine is in store for Wednesday before clouds start increasing in coverage late in the evening. Thursday gets our attention, however, as tornadoes and damaging wind gusts become possible yet again across our region. The good news is rain clears out early Friday morning and we have a splendid Easter weekend upcoming. Let’s talk details…

SUNNY TODAY AND COOL TONIGHT… It’s all sunshine on this Tuesday with high temperatures in the low-80s by 3PM. Tonight, temperatures will be in the 60s for the evening hours falling to around 56° by daybreak on Wednesday.

SEVERE WEATHER RISK TO OUR WEST ON WEDNESDAY… The same storm system that will ultimately move across our area on Thursday sets up to our west on Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined parts of southern Arkansas, eastern Texas, and southern Oklahoma in their Level 3 (out of 5) orange/enhanced risk zone. In addition, a larger swath of the Level 2 risk zone is in place for TX, LA, AR, and OK. No severe weather issues are expected locally on Wednesday as we will have mostly sunny skies in place for much of the day.

SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE IN P.M. HOURS ON THURSDAY… While Thursday morning will feature increasing wind from the south as our area enters the humid, unstable warm sector out ahead of the advancing cold front, the severe weather issues are MOST likely to happen in the afternoon and evening hours of Thursday. The Storm Prediction Center maintains much of Alabama and northwest Florida in their Level 2 (out of 5) slight risk zone, meaning scattered instances of severe weather will be possible. Tornadoes and damaging winds will be the main concerns.

TIMING OF THE STORMS ON THURSDAY… 2PM to 11PM seems to be the best estimate of a “severe weather timing” window at the moment, although we note that could change as more model data comes in over the next 48 hours. We all will need a way to get urgent tornado warnings on Thursday, particularly after the lunch hour. The good news is the latest trends suggest this will be a daytime/evening event and NOT an overnight event unlike our last round of severe weather that happened on Sunday.

POTENTIAL HAZARDS THURSDAY… While early model indications point to a system that will produce a squall line of strong to severe storms (QLCS – quasi-linear convective system as it’s known in the meteorology world), it’s too early to know whether supercell thunderstorms will be involved out ahead of the main line. Regardless, isolated tornadoes and damaging straight line winds will clearly be the two main hazards across our region as this quick hitting system moves by.

ISOLATED SHOWERS FRIDAY MORNING… Most of the rain should be to our east by Friday, but there could be a few, isolated lingering showers through midday on Friday. High temperatures Friday will be in the low-70s after the passage of the cold front.

GORGEOUS EASTER WEEKEND AHEAD… This is great news! Saturday and Sunday are slated to be sunny with highs around 80°. Picture perfect for Easter Sunday! Overnight lows will be in the mid-50s. Definitely nice to have a glorious, calm, sunny weekend in sight.

See all the details in your Tuesday #rzw forecast video… Have a great day!

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7:48PM April 15, 2019

STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE THURSDAY EVENING… Isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts will be concerns across south Alabama and northwest Florida on Thursday evening as a line of strong to severe thunderstorms approaches from the west. The latest model guidance suggests this will be a severe event that happens primarily well after sunset on Thursday. The most likely scenario, at this point, is a squall line (QLCS) that is strong to severe over west Alabama with a weakening trend as it moves across our region from west to east. We will all, yet again, need a way to receive urgent weather warnings on Thursday into Friday morning. That’s the summary. Here are a few more details…

LEVEL 2 RISK FOR EVERYONE, FOR NOW… The entire state of Alabama and all of northwest Florida are involved in the Level 2 (out of 5) risk zone to potentially see scattered instances of strong to severe storms on Thursday. For now, everyone has at least some risk of experiencing severe weather and heavy rain on Thursday. SPC will continue to modify this and outlook upgrades (or downgrades) will be possible over the next few days for specific areas.

MODES OF SEVERE WEATHER… While early model indications point to a system that will produce a squall line of strong to severe storms (QLCS – quasi-linear convective system as it’s known in the meteorology world), it’s too early to know whether supercell thunderstorms will be involved out ahead of the main line. Regardless, isolated tornadoes and damaging straight line winds will clearly be the two main hazards across our region as this quick hitting system moves by.

SEVERE WEATHER TIMING ON THURSDAY… Our first estimate of when severe weather is most likely to happen across our area is from 2PM on Thursday to 2AM on Friday. We will start to get more specific with that timeframe over the next few days. Be sure to check back with me tomorrow and on Wednesday for the very latest.

LINGERING SHOWERS FRIDAY; NICE WEEKEND AHEAD… While a few showers may linger into Friday morning, Easter weekend looks absolutely great. High temperatures will be near 80° on both Saturday and on Sunday with overnight lows in the mid-50s. Pleasant!

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Have a good evening!

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6:53AM April 15, 2019

NICE MONDAY & TUESDAY BEFORE MORE SEVERE STORMS ON THURSDAY… It’s April in the Deep South and our wave train of severe weather events is in full swing. We get a break, however, today and on Tuesday before more storms return to our area on Thursday. See all the details about the Thursday severe weather risk below. Sunshine is expected all day on this Monday. High temperatures will peak around 75° by 3PM, meaning much of the day will be near the 70 degree mark. Absolutely splendid weather for today and Tuesday! We’ve also got a nice weekend on tap after the storms on Thursday. Let’s talk details…

NO WEATHER ISSUES THROUGH WEDNESDAY… Other than morning areas of patchy dense fog, no significant weather issues are expected through Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine is expected today, tomorrow, and on Wednesday with clouds increasing late Wednesday evening. High temperatures will be in the mid-70s today. Highs rise into the low-80s on Tuesday and Wednesday morning lows in the upper-40s.

SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON & EVENING… Rain chances will steadily rise throughout the day on Thursday as a line of strong to severe thunderstorms approaches from our west. The core of the severe weather risk will happen in the evening hours of Thursday. This is concerning as this is typically when we have the most atmospheric instability in play for storms to work with. Tornadoes, damaging straight line winds, large hail, and heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding will be possible. Big takeaway is that we all will need a way to get the warnings again Thursday P.M. I will have more details about this severe weather setup later tonight and over the next few days. Be sure to check back with me for the latest information!

*NOW* IS THE TIME TO GET PREPARED… It is so critical to have a plan of action to know what you would do and where you would go if a tornado warning is issued for your area. Do you have multiple reliable ways to receive urgent weather warnings? Facebook is not a good way to receive warnings, as the platform will often show you posts from days ago but not necessarily posts that are posted immediately. One way for you to get the warnings in south Alabama and northwest Florida is in our free RedZone Weather app. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (bottom right corner of the app) and turn ON all of the alerts you want to receive in the Alert Settings area.

COLD FRONT MOVES BY THURSDAY NIGHT… High temperatures drop back into the low-70s on Friday after the passage of the strong cold front set to cause all of the severe weather issues on Thursday. There could be lingering showers into Friday morning, but the severe weather risk should be long gone to the east.

SUNNY, NICE WEEKEND AHEAD… There is good model consistency to suggest that the upcoming weekend will be dry, nice, and SUNNY! Very exciting as it seems like many of the last several weekends have featured active weather. High temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will be in the upper-70s with an abundance of sunshine.

See all the details in your Monday #rzw forecast video… Have a great day!

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1:38PM April 14, 2019

ANOTHER ROUND OF SEVERE WEATHER IS LIKELY ON THURSDAY… Unfortunately, tornadoes and damaging winds will be possible on Thursday. After a long overnight severe weather event with multiple tornadoes and numerous trees down across the Deep South, I know this is not what we want to hear. We have another severe weather event setting up for Thursday, April 18. This will be a multi-day, multi-state, significant severe weather potential that starts over the Great Plains and moves across the Deep South on Thursday. The Storm Prediction Center has already included all of Alabama, northwest Florida, much of Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and Tennessee in their Level 2 (out of 5) risk zone. Outlook upgrades will be possible over the next few days, but as we saw earlier this morning, impactful tornadoes/damaging winds can and do happen in Level 2 risk zones.

MODES OF SEVERE WEATHER… We don’t know exactly what types of storms will happen on Thursday just yet. We could have supercell thunderstorms, a QLCS/squall line, or perhaps both. Tornadoes, damaging straight line winds, and hail will be possible. It’s entirely too early to know specifics about timing of rain/storms at this point. We will know more as details come into focus over the next few days.

*NOW* IS THE TIME TO GET PREPARED… It is so critical to have a plan of action to know what you would do and where you would go if a tornado warning is issued for your area. Do you have multiple reliable ways to receive urgent weather warnings? Facebook is not a good way to receive warnings, as the platform will often show you posts from days ago but not necessarily posts that are posted immediately. One way for you to get the warnings in south Alabama and northwest Florida is in our free RedZone Weather app. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (bottom right corner of the app) and turn ON all of the alerts you want to receive in the Alert Settings area.

CHECK BACK WITH ME FOR UPDATES… This is an evolving severe weather situation that will require further forecast updates. Be sure to check back with me over the next few days as we continue to get more details based on the latest data. No need to panic or stress, but there is a need to be aware of the situation and have a “severe weather action plan.” Please help me spread the word about this event as there are signs that it could be potentially even more significant than our last batch of storms. If you have a friend that may not be as “weather aware” as you are, share this info with him or her!

My next forecast video will be posted by 7:15AM on Monday. Let me know if you have any specific questions. Have a great evening!

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8:01AM April 14, 2019

TORNADO WATCH CANCELLED; SEVERE WEATHER RISK IS ENDING… The severe weather risk is rapidly ending across southwest Alabama and northwest Florida. Storms across eastern Covington, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties are about to clear out to the east. The tornado watch has been cancelled for all local counties, including Covington, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties (despite the counties being shaded in yellow in the graphic above).

DAMAGING TORNADO IN TROY, ALABAMA… In the last hour, there has been extensive damage in parts of Troy, Alabama with possible injuries due to a tornado that moved through. I don’t have specifics, but there are many photos floating around on Twitter showing damage in Troy. NWS Birmingham is also confirming numerous reports of damage.

CLOUDS CLEAR OUT TO THE EAST LATER TODAY… Mostly cloudy skies will continue this morning before clearing skies happen later today. Temperatures will peak around 78° before cooler, drier air moves in tonight. Overnight lows on Monday morning will be around 43° in most spots.

NEXT UPDATE… I am about to get a nap after being up for 25 hours straight. Thanks to everyone who watched our severe weather coverage rounds overnight. I’ll have a detailed forecast update around 1:35PM. See you then!

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6:27AM April 14, 2019

WARNING CONTINUATION FOR COVINGTON… A new severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued for northern Covington County in south Alabama valid until 7AM. This replaces the warning that was set to expire at 6:30AM. Damaging wind gusts will be possible near Rose Hill, Eoda, Straughn, Heath, and Gantt shortly. Be inside and away from windows. Please do NOT be in a car driving as this line of storms has a history of causing trees to come down back in Escambia County, AL.

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6:19AM April 14, 2019

SEVERE STORMS NEAR GANTT LAKE… This swath of thunderstorms currently moving across northern Covington, southern Butler, and southern Crenshaw counties are severe and are possibly knocking down trees due to straight-line wind gusts. We encourage everyone north of Andalusia in Covington County to PLEASE stay off the roads over the next 30 minutes until the core of this storm passes.

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5:05AM April 14, 2019

TORNADO WATCH EXPIRES FOR SEVERAL COUNTIES… Good news! The Tornado Watch has expired and is no longer in effect for all parts of Clarke, Washington, Monroe, Mobile, Wilcox, and Choctaw counties.

TORNADO WATCH CONTINUES FOR EASTERN HALF… The tornado watch continues until 10AM for Butler, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Escambia (AL), Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Escambia (FL) counties, although I suspect as this main batch of storms moves by, we will get some early cancellations of this watch.

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4:56AM April 14, 2019

LOUD STORMS PUSHING EAST… Heavy rain and lots of lightning are happening across Escambia County, AL, extending southward into Escambia (FL) and Baldwin counties… These storms are producing significant amounts of lightning (and thus LOUD thunder!) as they move eastward. Storms are below severe limits in these areas, however.

There are no active tornado warnings in Alabama or Florida as of 4:56AM.

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1:52AM April 14, 2019

NO WARNINGS FOR LOCAL AREA AS OF 1:52AM… While the tornado watch continues, no active tornado warnings or severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for any part of southwest Alabama or northwest Florida. There is a tornado warning in parts of Hale and Perry counties in central Alabama and a severe thunderstorm warning for much of Choctaw County, AL in west Alabama.

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