From the Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — For days, the National Weather Service in Birmingham has predicted the set-up for potentially severe weather on Easter Sunday, for much of central Alabama. On Sunday morning, at 8 a.m., the NWS expanded the moderate risk area, that’s the fourth-highest on a scale of five, to include almost all of the state of Alabama.
“Severe thunderstorms are likely across all of Central Alabama between 1 p.m. today (Sunday) and 2 a.m. Monday,” according to the the NWS statement. “Threats include tornadoes, some of which could be strong, damaging straight-line winds up to 70 MPH, and hail up to golf ball size. Localized flooding could also occur. Winds will also be breezy today outside of thunderstorms with gusts between 30 and 40 MPH.”
The area includes Jefferson, St. Clair and Blount counties in the Tribune coverage area.
Health department officials have made it clear that in spite of the stay at home order in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, anyone considered to be in an unsafe structure should seek out a tornado shelter or another safe place to ride the storms out.
All community tornado shelters in the Tribune coverage area are expected to be open. Brannon Dawkins has more information about the shelters in Trussville in the video below.