From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham is predicting a storm system moving into central Alabama on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Much of central Alabama is now at a moderate risk level but all of Alabama should prepare for the possibility of a tornado. Some long track, violent tornadoes are possible.
Damaging winds up to 60 mph and large hail are also possible Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning. Severe thunderstorms will be possible in the morning hours and throughout the day as well. Two main waves of severe weather are expected, so it important to stay weather-aware all day Wednesday and throughout the morning Thursday.
The NWS predicts the chance of damaging straight-line winds and heavy rain as well. Drivers should plan ahead and use extreme caution on roadways.
Everyone in central Alabama should ensure they have multiple ways to receive weather warnings and alerts. Be sure to have a plan that includes where to go when your area is in the polygon. It is recommended to find a place indoors, on the lowest floor and away from windows, preferably in the center of the structure. Be sure to have a helmet, shoes or boots and a whistle. The whistle will help alert first responders if you become trapped in debris.
The city of Trussville’s Municipal Court has made changes ahead of the severe weather. The docket set for Wednesday, March 17, at 4 p.m. has been continued until Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 4 p.m. Defendants will be notified by the Clerk of the Court.