We encourage you to be prepared as we get closer to the potential for severe weather on Wednesday. James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist tell us all to “Get Ready Now.” He suggests having multiple ways to hear weather warnings, know your safe place in your home or workplace; you can’t stay in a mobile home, know your place on the state map (know your county). Click here to read more.

Townsquare Media wants you to spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. The National Weather Service Birmingham wants you to “be the HERO in your family by sharing important weather info (from a reliable source) with those less-informed. You could be the only warning they get!”

On a personal note, I always tell everyone to keep their shoes on. The first thing some people do when they get home is kick off their shoes. In a time of an emergency, you will need to have your shoes on to protect your feet. Also, because the second wave takes place in the evening and overnight hours, wear your regular clothes. So, you can move quickly if needed.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency for all counties in advance of a severe weather outbreak that could bring tornadoes and damaging winds to the state. The emergency declaration goes into effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Click here to read more.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham offers us guidance on the following:

Timeline

This will take place Wednesday, starting in the early afternoon through as late as sunrise Thursday morning.

There will be two waves of severe storms.

1st Wave will be during the afternoon with discrete cells.
2nd Wave will be a line of severe storms that will move across the area during the evening and overnight hours.

Main Threats

Strong, long-track tornadoes
Damaging winds up to 80mph
Golf ball size hail

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James Spann commented on Facebook that there could be a “DANGEROUS SEVERE WEATHER THREAT TOMORROW/TOMORROW NIGHT: SPC maintains a "moderate risk" (level 4/5) for a good part of Alabama, including places like Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Gadsden, and Florence. An "enhanced risk" (level 3/5) covers most of the rest of the state.”

(Source) Click here for more information from James Spann. Click here for more information from the National Weather Service.

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