Risk of severe weather tonight across central Ala.
by Elane Jones
Feb 20, 2014 | 1137 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Clanton has placed all of central Alabama under a slight risk for severe weather from this evening through Friday morning.

The coordinator for the Walker County Emergency Management Agency, Regina Myers, said Walker County is under a risk of severe thunderstorms from around 8 until 11 p.m. today.

“Our greatest threat at this time is expected to be from damaging straight-line winds, with a possibility of some isolated tornadoes,” Myers said. “We have a medium threat level for damaging winds and a low threat for tornadoes, hail and flooding.”

The greatest threat of severe weather is expected to be north and west of a line from Demopolis to Clanton to Centre, which includes all of Walker County. However, all of central Alabama has at least some risk of severe storms. Windy conditions will also exist during the day today before the line of storms arrive. Sustained winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts over 30 miles per hour, will be possible.

Myers is urging everyone to remain cautious throughout the day into the evening hours as these storms approach our area.

“If you have a weather radio, make sure it has good batteries and is turned on so you can receive any warnings that are issued,” Myers said. “You can also sign up for the free Walker County EMA App available for iPhones and Andriods, and we will be posting updates to our Facebook page.”

Myers said to download and install the Walker EMA App, go to iTunes on your iPhone or the Play Store on your Android and type Walker County EMA in the search box and hit install. “It’s as simple as that, and we want to thank Scott Crump Toyota for helping make the app possible and free for our citizens,” Myers said.

You can also visit the National Weather Service Birmingham Forecast Office’s website at www.srh.noaa.gov /bmx for further weather updates.