From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The National Weather Service in Birmingham has increased the risk of severe storms for some counties in central Alabama.
Some counties are now in a moderate risk area with possible winds of up to 80 mph. Tornadoes and golf ball size hail is also possible in that region, including Demopolis, Selma and Troy.
The areas of Tuscaloosa, Clanton and Auburn are now in the enhanced risk category. The NWS reported a tree down in Tuscaloosa County on Hagler Road Tuesday afternoon.
A big problem with the storms Tuesday is flooding. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for southeastern Jefferson County, Southwestern St. Clair County and central Shelby County until 7 p.m.
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.