Much of South Alabama is at risk for severe storms this afternoon and evening, and the National Weather Service in Alabama has issued a Tornado Watch in effect until 9 p.m. tonight.

The counties affected by the watch include:

AUTAUGA              BALDWIN             BARBOUR
BULLOCK              BUTLER              CHOCTAW
CLARKE               COFFEE              CONECUH
COVINGTON            CRENSHAW            DALE
DALLAS               ESCAMBIA            GENEVA
GREENE               HALE                HENRY
HOUSTON              LOWNDES             MARENGO
MOBILE               MONROE              MONTGOMERY
PERRY                PIKE                SUMTER
WASHINGTON           WILCOX

Tuscaloosa could still see thunderstorms and heavy rain today, but the greatest severe weather risk is for counties south of Tuscaloosa. The forecast calls for rain throughout the day, but the biggest threat will come between 12PM and 7PM for West Alabama. The chances are low, but these storms could include tornadoes, strong winds, and hail.