North Alabama is currently in a lull from the severe weather this afternoon. However, significant damage has already occurred to our south, with multiple large tornadoes in progress as of 5:15 PM.
A broken line of storms is developing across NW Mississippi and will track into the Shoals by 7 PM tonight. Additional storms may develop ahead of the line of storms, which would increase the potential for strong, violent tornadoes like we have seen to our south so far today. Threats are the same across all of North Alabama, including damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes, and flooding. We won't see the risk subside until the passage of a cold front just before midnight.
Flooding has been a significant issue all day today, especially east of I-65. An additional 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible this evening, so flash flooding, standing water, an river rises will remain likely overnight and even early Friday morning.
Stay on guard for severe weather! Storms are moving VERY fast today, between 50 and 60 mph. That means that as soon as you hear a warning issued, you need to get to your safe place immediately. Have multiple ways to receive warnings and stay with WAAY 31 for continuing updates through the evening.