FORECAST UPDATE: Tornadoes, high winds possible on Sunday

Published 2:37 pm Friday, April 12, 2019

Tornadoes and high winds are possible on Sunday morning when a storm system moves through Alabama and Georgia.

Meteorologist Jason Holmes with the National Weather Service in Birmingham said people in Central Alabama need to have a way to get weather information on Sunday, especially in the morning hours. The National Weather Service in Birmingham, which oversees Chambers County, upgraded all of Central Alabama to an enhanced risk of severe weather Sunday, which means numerous severe storms are possible.

“The environment is favorable for tornadoes and straight-line winds,” Holmes said.

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Holmes said the weather service is working to pinpoint an exact time for the weather to move through, but he estimated a timeframe from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

“We want everyone to have a good way to get a weather warning, particularly because some people may still be asleep,” Holmes said. “Make sure you have multiple ways to get warnings, and of course, you don’t want to wait until you are under a warning to have a plan and have a place to go.”

Holmes said tornado watches may be necessary before the weather moves through. He said anyone traveling needs to be aware of what’s coming and to stay up to date on weather information throughout the weekend.

Holmes said as the weather is updated throughout the weekend, it’s important not to focus on the different color codes for a slight or enhanced chance at severe weather.

“There is no doubt there’s a severe weather risk here over the weekend, and we just want people to be safe and to have their severe weather action plan ready,” Holmes said.