The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado watch for several counties in Alabama as severe weather caused damage and some fatalities across Alabama.
STORM DAMAGE REPORTS:
Alabama Power says there are 4,000 outages statewide.
STORM SHELTERS OPEN
Click here for a list of storm shelters open across the area.
FIRST ALERT UPDATE: We've been watching severe storms with tornadoes through the night and a tornado warning expired for Cullman county at 3:45 this morning. With an unstable air-mass in place, we still have the potential to see severe storms this morning as the sun rises and heats us up. A Tornado Watch remains in effect for much of our area through 10 a.m. Please be "weather aware" until this system exits our area. If you can't monitor us on TV, you can download our free WBRC Weather app to stay informed.
Our latest model data shows most of the rain and storms leaving our area just after noon. Then we should see a few days of dry, cooler air.
We are continuing our focus on an approaching wet weather system for this weekend. This system is still a long way out, but we will be monitoring the potential for strong to severe storms Sunday night into Monday.
Stay tuned for further updates.
Also, if you lose power, remember you can watch out LIVE stream in the free WBRC First Alert Weather App.
RAIN CHANCES RETURN THIS WEEKEND: A colder and drier air mass will settle into the region tomorrow, with temperatures tumbling into the 30s tomorrow night.
We will have sunshine on Thursday and Friday but it is going to remain chilly, with highs in the 50s.
A moist southwest flow aloft will bring a big increase in clouds on Saturday and as this moisture lifts in, we will have a good chance of showers by Saturday afternoon.
We will also have a chance for some rain on Sunday, with the heaviest over southern areas.
On Monday another dynamic storm system will begin to swing across the region and this will bring a chance for storms and heavier rain Monday night.
There could be some stronger storms in the mix as this storm system impacts the state. Be sure to join us on WBRC for continuing team coverage on this First Alert Weather Day.
STAY WEATHER AWARE: Make sure your All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio is equipped with fresh batteries and have multiple sources for receiving emergency weather alerts, like our WBRC First Alert Weather App.
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You can get severe weather updates, including live severe weather coverage from the WBRC First Alert Weather team, on the following Clear Channel radio stations in west and central Alabama:
Tuscaloosa: 98.1 WTXT, 94.1 ZBQ, Talk Radio 105.9, 96.9 MY FM
Birmingham: 103.7 The Q, 102.5 The Bull, Magic 96.5, News Radio 105.5 WERC and AM 960, 103.1 The Vulcan, Hallelujah 105.1, ALT 94.9, B 106.5, 104.1 The Beat
Gadsden: WAAX 570 AM, Z 93.1 WGMZ
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