‘Enhanced Risk’ of severe weather across the area

Published 4:50 pm Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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There is an “Enhanced Risk” of severe weather for Covington County tonight.

According to the National Weather Service and the Covington County Emergency Management Agency, isolated supercells are expected to develop along and west of I-65 beginning midday Wednesday and continuing through the early evening hours. These storms will have potential to quickly turn severe and become tornadic.

A more organized line of storms will develop ahead of a cold front and move west to east across the area late this evening and into the overnight hours. This line could be in the form of a broken line of supercells that will carry substantial tornado and severe weather threats.

“A strong tornado is possible with this activity, particularly in the Moderate to Enhanced Risk zones,” according to the NWS.

For the area of South Central/South West Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, the line of the storm will likely be about 2 to 6 a.m.

The NWS said there could be lulls in storm activity, especially in advance of the main line of the storms.

The main threats from the storm include tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds, and large hail.