HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A tornado watch has been issued for Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Limestone, Lawrence, Madison, Cullman, and Morgan counties along with Giles and Lincoln counties in Tennessee until 8 PM today ahead of the risk of severe weather, which could include a few tornadoes.
The Storm Prediction Center has gone ahead and shifted the slight risk further to the south and to the east to include all of the Tennessee Valley counties. This is because we have the risk to see damaging wind gusts of 60 MPH, small hail, isolated, short-track tornadoes, and very heavy rainfall that could lead to a flooding potential especially in areas along the Tennessee River.
Futurecast models have storms starting to develop in west Alabama around 3 PM and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening hours. West Tennessee Valley areas can expect to experience storm potential until 7 PM, central Tennessee Valley areas until 11 PM and eastern Tennessee Valley areas until 3 AM.
Not only do we have a tornado watch in effect until 8 PM, but we also have a flood watch that will last until 5 AM tomorrow. This flash flood watch includes Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawerence, Limestone counties and Giles and Lincoln counties in Tennessee. Expected accumulation amounts are from 0.5 inches to 2 inches of rainfall.