ATLANTA — Forecasters are predicting another outbreak of severe storms in several southern states on Thursday, with the potential for strong tornadoes that carve up the ground for miles.
The greatest threat, into Thursday evening, will be in parts of Mississippi, Alabama and west Tennessee, the national Storm Prediction Center said. East Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana also are at risk, and more storms are possible in Georgia and Kentucky.
The Storm Prediction Center expects the worst weather in a region that includes Jackson, Mississippi; and the Alabama cities of Birmingham, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham is expecting a significant weather event from Thursday afternoon and evening, from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. The greatest threat is expected to be near and northwest of Interstate 59.
Strong tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail will be possible in those areas, although all of Alabama should be weather-aware, as the system could produce heavy rainfall and storms across the state.
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.