Tornado watches likely today; more rain expected [with maps]

Published 9:22 am Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The mustard-colored area shows the likelihood of flash flooding tonight.

The mustard-colored area shows the likelihood of flash flooding tonight.

Area residents will likely be under a tornado watch at some point today, Wed., Dec. 23, 2015, said Covington County EMA director Susan Harris.

Harris released the following information about the storm system expected to move through the area today. While the most severe weather will be in other parts of the Southeast, the Andalusia area is expected to receive an additional 1.75 inches of rain.

Here is the newest information from the National Weather Service:

A warm front currently located just offshore will move northward across the area through the early afternoon hours while a powerful upper level system sweeps across the area during the day. As this situation unfolds, severe storms, isolated tornadoes, large hail and flash flooding will be possible. Please see the following sections for more specific information regarding timing and areas most likely to be impacted.

Severe Weather Threat

• What to expect, When and Where?: We are maintaining a limited risk of severe storms with isolated tornadoes and large hail possible across the area, except for southeast Mississippi and interior southwest Alabama where we have kept an elevated threat area. For timing, atmospheric conditions will initially be most favorable for severe storms over the coastal counties this morning, then becoming increasingly favorable over interior areas through the day.

Flash Flooding Threat

• What to expect, When and Where?: Our thinking regarding the threat of flooding remains the same, with the portion generally along and east of I-65 with isolated flash flooding possible, with nuisance flooding expected generally west of I-65. Please see our attached graphics for both the flood threat and additional rainfall amounts through tonight.