Severe weather expected

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Forecasters are expecting the possibility of some severe weather to hit the area today, with the greatest threat of flooding.

According to a Monday morning National Weather Service briefing, the probability of severe weather is 15 percent for all counties in the Mobile service area.

Areas south of a line from Eutaw to Dothan are most likely to experience strong storms.

Forecasters say the prime window for severe weather would be from around 6 p.m. today, to early Christmas Eve morning.

There is a slight chance of damaging winds, tornados and hail. Additionally, there is a nearly a moderate chance of flooding.

While waves of thunderstorms are expected all day and into the evening, the best “instability” is during the afternoon hours, which is the greatest chance of severe weather.

NWS forecasters expect the highest rain totals to come east of I-65, with Covington County getting as much as 2.55 inches.

Urban and small stream flooding is expected for areas susceptible to this type of flooding, and there is potential for a flash flood watch.