TUSCALOOSA, AL – Tuscaloosa County and the rest of western Alabama can expect heavy thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, with the potential to cause tornadoes, high winds, hail damage, and flooding.
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2:45 pm – NWS has confirmed that a « large and extremely dangerous tornado » is in the Was discovered near Shelton State Campus about nine miles south of Tuscaloosa, moving northeast at 30 miles per hour. The tornado warning for south-central Tuscaloosa County remains in effect.
2:35 pm – Damage has been reported on the Hale and Tuscaloosa county line near Moundville. A storm scout report showed roof damage right on Highway 69 S. The police are currently on site.
Here is a view of Tuscaloosa from the top of Bryant Denny Stadium. I can’t see much, but it’s raining well. pic.twitter.com/EqgzARaBh9
2:20 p.m. – A tornado warning was issued for Tuscaloosa County and the University of Alabama campus until 3:00 p.m. The storm is approaching from US Highway 69 and Moundville. The warning covers the entire city of Tuscaloosa. Other locations included in the warning include: Coaling, University Mall, McFarland Mall, Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Bryant Denny Stadium, Englewood, Little Sandy, Maxwell, Taylorville, Hull, Mound State Park, Stillman College, Duncanville and Palmore Park.
1:50 PM: A tornado warning has been issued along the Tombigee River, which includes the towns of Demopolis and Greensboro. Residents are advised to seek shelter immediately.
1:45 p.m. – Tuscaloosa County EMA released an update after sirens went off in part of the county. Officials said the sirens were activated to warn residents of southern Tuscaloosa County of the approaching Greene County’s bad weather. EMA then said that the issue is being addressed to prevent false positives from happening again in the future.
1:40 p.m. – A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for northwest Tuscaloosa County until 2:30 p.m. As it approaches northeast of Johnston Lake in Pickens County, seven miles southeast of Carrollton, one of the areas that could see the potential impact of this storm could be the Brownville parish in Tuscaloosa County. Gordo residents are also warned to seek shelter as the storm has the potential to intensify quickly.
1:30 p.m. – As storms roll through, meteorologists warn motorists to stay away from US Highway 43 between Eutaw and Forkland. A storm report filed with the NOAA Storm Prediction Center said that dime-sized hail, some up to a quarter in size, has been near Lamar County Airport. Just before that, another report reported that a possible tornado near Highway 17 and Walker Road had cut 20 to 30 trees down and caused minor structural damage.
1:15 p.m. – ABC 33/40 chief meteorologist James Spann said on the air that he had received reports of tornado sirens in Tuscaloosa but assured residents that this was likely due to a malfunction as the Current storms with tornado warning lie south of Tuscaloosa. Tornado Watch remains in effect until 7 p.m.
1 p.m. – A tornado warning was issued for parts of Counties Greene and Sumter until 2 p.m., but does not apply directly to the cities of Livingston or York. This cautionary storm is currently moving east towards the area between Forkland and Demopolis.
11:30 AM – A tornado clock was on for Tuscaloosa County and the surrounding area until 7:00 PM. from the National Weather Service. The NWS also says Tuscaloosa can expect effects from this storm starting around 1pm. and lasts until about 2 a.m. Thursday morning.
10:30 am – Tuscaloosa County EMA recommends storm shelters across the county that are open to allow preparation time for those in need of shelter.
9:30 am – The National Weather Service forecast office in Birmingham currently predicts the impact for Tuscaloosa will begin at 1:00 p.m. – 2pm The area has also undergone a rare « high risk » rating, which means violent long-range tornadoes, noxious winds up to 80 mph, and hail the size of tennis balls.
The town of Tuscaloosa announced that she has activated Command Level 2 for incidents and that her tornado shelters will open at 10 a.m. The DCH Health System has also changed its previous announcement for its coronavirus vaccination center, which will close at 10 a.m. today.
To keep locals informed of severe weather and other emergency scenarios, Tuscaloosa County EMA offers a free service called TuscALERT. This free service allows the user to choose the weather alerts they are interested in and send time sensitive notifications via text, email and / or phone call.
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