Enhanced risk for severe weather Thursday for Alabama

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2019

The chance for storms with high winds and hail has increased for central Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon until the early morning hours Thursday. The weather service says there will be an enhanced risk of storms including twisters from the Louisiana Gulf Coast as far north as northern MS and Alabama.

Thursday's system looks a lot like what happened over the weekend: 10 total tornadoes in Alabama and at least 13 in MS (all EF-2 and lower in strength).

Those areas already face an "enhanced risk" of severe thunderstorms - the third of five risk levels - according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.

Forecasters think the storms will reach Alabama later Thursday afternoon (3-4 p.m. for west Alabama) and push eastward across the state through the night.

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The storms are expected to continue through the night, with the potential for damaging winds and possibly a tornado. The risk of a tornado is low, however, she said.

The threat of severe storms will drop off quickly after the sun sets around 8 p.m.

There's also a severe storm threat east of Dallas this afternoon ahead of the main line of storms. The rest of South Texas, including San Antonio, is facing a "slight" risk (level 2 out of 5).

The risk there will be partially dampened by the intense rainfall associated with the broad system, but conditions should still allow for a few individual storms to intensify. Spotty storms will initiate between 4pm and 6pm along and ahead of the cold front.

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