County spared from bad weather

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 28, 2003

Residents of Covington County had more to be thankful for than turkey and football Thursday evening. According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, radar indicated a thunderstorm, which could have produced tornadoes, was located in the south end of the county, moving northeast.

"Mobile said a tornado was in the air," said an E-911 representative. "But it never hit the ground."

The NWS radar indicated the storm was near the Watkins Bridge area, moving northeast towards Onycha.

The winds were the result of a long, strong squall line that moved eastward all Thanksgiving Day, bringing high winds, torrential downpours and tornado watches and warnings across the southeast. The warm air, compounded with the cold front moving down from Tennessee, created the stormy, tornado-producing conditions and the strong winds felt on Friday.

According to E-911, Thanksgiving Day was relatively quiet, with few calls made and none of those related to the weather or weather damage.

The weather is supposed to stay cool over the weekend, with lows in the low to mid 30s and highs in the mid 50s, and a chance of rain moving in by Tuesday.