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Several tornado warnings have been issued in central Alabama as a line of storms moves across the state. All of Alabama should be prepared for severe weather. Watch live coverage above as tornado warnings are issued. Updates will be posted below throughout the night. —LIVE UPDATES 12:17 a.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Shelby County until 12:30 a.m. At 12:16 a.m., a confirmed tornado was located near Vincent, or 10 miles southeast of Leeds, moving northeast at 55 mph.12:04 a.m.A tornado warning has been issued for Shelby County until 12:30 a.m. Thursday. At 12:03 a.m., a confirmed tornado was located over Chelsea, moving northeast at 40 mph towards Highway 280.11:50 p.m.The University of Montevallo reports one minor injury after a confirmed tornado Wednesday night. There is some confirmed structural damage to at last one campus building. The school sent this message with students, faculty and staff:”We are thankful that this week was spring break and that very few people were on campus during tonight’s storms.”UMPD and University officials are currently assessing campus for damage. We will know more when daylight comes and will update the UM community then.”At this point, only one minor injury has been reported.”11:44 p.m.A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Chilton and Shelby counties until 12:45 a.m. Thursday. At 11:44 p.m. Wednesday, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Maylene to near Calera to near Clanton, moving northeast at 55 mph.11:39 p.m.A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties in Alabama until 12:45 a.m. Thursday. At 11:38 p.m. Wednesday, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Maylene to near Jemison to near Pooles Crossroads, moving northeast at 55 mph. 11:27 p.m.A tornado watch remains in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday for the following counties: Autauga; Bibb; Blount; Chilton; Coosa; Dallas; Elmore; Etowah; Jefferson; Lowndes; Montgomery; Perry; Shelby; St. Clair; Talladega.11:08 p.m.Alabama Power reports nearly 1,300 outages statewide including 456 in Jefferson CountyClick here to see Alabama Power’s outage map.Click here to report an outage.Click here to check an outage status.10:55 p.m.There are reports of structural damage to the Brooke Hall dormitory on the campus of the University of Montevallo in Shelby County, Alabama. A tornado was confirmed on the ground at about 10:30 p.m. Students are on spring break this week.10:45 p.m.The tornado warning in Shelby County has expired.10:35 p.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Shelby County until 10:45 p.m. At 10:34 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Shelby County Airport, or near Alabaster, moving northeast at 45 mph.10:30 p.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Shelby County until 10:45 p.m. At 10:29 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located over Montevallo moving northeast at 45 mph.10:23 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for Shelby County until 10:45 p.m. The storm is located near Ashby, moving northeast toward Montevallo and Wilton. At 10:22 p.m., a tornado-producing storm was located over Brierfield Ironworks Park, or near Montevallo, moving northeast at 45 mph.10:19 p.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Bibb and Chilton counties in Alabama until 10:45 p.m. At 10:18 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located over Ashby, or near Montevallo, moving northeast at 50 mph.10:16 p.m.Radar-indicated tornado in eastern Tuscaloosa County, Alabama east of Holt, west of Brookwood, moving northeast. A tornado warning remains in effect for Tuscaloosa County until 10:45 p.m. 10:06 p.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Bibb and Chilton counties in Alabama until 10:45 p.m. At 10:05 p.m., a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located over Talladega National Forest, or 7 miles southeast of Centreville, moving northeast at 55 mph. The NWS described this storm as a “PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.”A tornado watch remains in effect for the following counties: Autauga; Bibb; Blount; Chilton; Coosa; Dallas; Elmore; Etowah; Hale; Jefferson; Lowndes; Marengo; Montgomery; Perry; Shelby; St. Clair; Talladega; Tuscaloosa; Walker; Winston.10:01 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for Tuscaloosa County in Alabama until 10:45 p.m. At 10:01 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over northeastern Tuscaloosa, moving northeast at 55 mph.9:59 p.m.A “large and extremely dangerous” tornado on the ground moving into southern Bibb County, Alabama, the NWS said. At 9:57 p.m., a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located near Talladega National Forest, or 10 miles southeast of Brent, moving northeast at 60 mph.9:54 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for Bibb and Chilton counties in Alabama until 10:45 p.m. At 9:52 p.m., a tornado-producing storm was located 9 miles east of Heiberger, or 13 miles south of Brent, moving northeast at 55 mph.9:51 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for Bibb and Tuscaloosa counties in Alabama until 10:30 p.m. The storm is located near Eoline, moving northeast toward West Blocton.9:39 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for Fayette and Walker counties in Alabama until 10:30 p.m. The storm is located near Berry, moving northeast.A tornado warning has been issued for Perry County until 10:15 p.m. At 9:37 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located near Marion, moving northeast at 55 mph.9:32 p.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Tuscaloosa County until 9:45 p.m. At 9:31 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 7 miles north of Samantha, or 16 miles southeast of Fayette, moving northeast at 50 mph.A tornado warning remains in effect for Greene County until 9:45 p.m. At 9:32 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Thornhill, or 10 miles south of Eutaw, moving northeast at 30 mph.9:17 p.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Tuscaloosa County until 9:45 p.m. At 9:16 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located near Lake Lurleen State Park, or 9 miles east of Gordo, moving northeast at 55 mph. A confirmed tornado debris signature reappeared in northwest Tuscaloosa County, crossing Highway 171 southwest of Samantha. 9:13 p.m.The NWS says a confirmed tornado crossed Highway 82 north of Elrod in far western Tuscaloosa County. A tornado warning remains in effect for Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties until 9:45 p.m. At 9:13 PM CDT, a confirmed tornado was located near Gordo, moving northeast at 55 mph. 9:10 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for Greene County until 9:45 p.m. At 9:09 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Tishabee, or 9 miles east of Livingston, moving northeast at 45 mph.Watch live coverage on WVTM 13 or in the video player above.9:04 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties until 9:45 p.m. At 9:03 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Gordo, moving northeast at 50 mph.8:45 p.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Sumter County until 9:15 p.m. At 8:45 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near York, moving northeast at 45 mph. Watch live coverage on WVTM 13 or in the video player above.8:44 p.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Pickens County until 9 p.m. At 8:44 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Reform, moving northeast at 55 mph. 8:34 p.m.A tornado warning remains in effect for Greene, Pickens and Sumter counties until 9 p.m. At 8:33 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Panola, or 10 miles south of Aliceville, moving northeast at 45 mph.8:29 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for southern Sumter County until 9:15 p.m. The storm is moving northeast toward Cuba and York. Damaging winds of 60 mph are also possible. 8:18 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for Greene, Pickens and Sumter counties until 9 p.m. At 8:17 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 7 miles north of Emelle, or 18 miles northwest of Livingston, moving northeast at 55 mph toward Panola. Damaging winds of 60 mph are possible. 8:14 p.m.A tornado warning has been issued for northern Pickens County until 9 p.m. The storm is located southwest of Pickensville, moving northeast. Damaging winds of 60 mph are possible.8:01 p.m.A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Greene, Pickens and Sumter counties until 9:15 p.m. Damaging winds of 60 mph are possible. At 8 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Deerbrook to near Stonewall, moving northeast at 55 mph. 7:41 p.m.Firefighters are battling a large woods fire on Shocco Springs Road in Talladega, Alabama. The road is closed and people are being asked to avoid the area. It’s unclear at this time how the fire started or if weather played a factor.7:40 p.m.The Hoover Fire Department reports a large, wind-driven brush fire at City Heights apartments on Alpine Village Drive. “No buildings are involved at this time,” a fire official said. “The fire is under control.”7:38 p.m.A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 8:30 p.m. for Marion, Lamar, and northwest Fayette Counties. At 7:37 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 6 miles northeast of Tremont to near Bent Oak, moving northeast at 55 mph.7:21 p.m.A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Marion, Lamar, and northwest Fayette Counties until 8:30 p.m. A line of storms is moving east from Mississippi. Damaging winds of 60 mph are possible. “There is also a small embedded confirmed tornado just SW of the radar,” NWS Birmingham tweeted. 7 p.m.Traffic is back to normal on I-65 North after crews cleared fallen power lines from the road. 6:48 p.m.Traffic on I-65 North is backed up to the I-59/20 junction in downtown Birmingham due to a report of power lines down on the interstate near Greensprings Highway. 6:45 p.m.A small fire was started after winds toppled a tree onto power lines on the south side of Red Mountain in Birmingham. Check out the photos below from Richard Jacks.6 p.m.Gradient winds are knocking down trees and power lines across central Alabama. Wind damage reports are widespread and are likely to continue throughout the night. Below is a photo of a tree down along Reed Street in Tuscaloosa. The line of severe storms is expected to enter west Alabama at about 7 p.m. Be sure you have multiple ways of getting severe weather notifications. Get the WVTM 13 app and turn on the alerts!Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.5:41 p.m.Traffic is backing up on I-65 North near Greensprings Highway after a report of utility lines down on the road. Click here to see the WVTM 13 Traffic Map.5:35 p.m.A tornado watch has been issued for most of central Alabama until 1 a.m. Thursday. Counties included in the watch area include the following: Autauga; Bibb; Blount; Chilton; Colbert; Coosa; Cullman; Dallas; DeKalb; Elmore; Etowah; Fayette; Franklin; Greene; Hale; Jackson; Jefferson; Lamar; Lauderdale; Lawrence; Limestone; Lowndes; Madison; Marengo; Marion; Marshall; Montgomery; Morgan; Perry; Pickens; Shelby; St. Clair; Sumter; Talladega; Tuscaloosa; Walker; Winston.3:49 p.m.EMA officials in Calhoun County say several trees have been knocked down by gradient winds in various locations. There are also reports of power outages. 3:47 p.m.The NWS says a tornado watch is likely to be issued in west Alabama “in the next couple of hours.” The line of storms will enter the state a little later than expected at about 7 p.m.3 p.m.Winds are really picking up in central Alabama. The National Weather Service said the Birmingham airport recorded a wind gust up to 52 mph. 2:45 p.m.The NOAA weather radio transmitter in Demopolis, Ala. is currently off the air due to a phone line issue. If you normally use the Demopolis transmitter, you will need to switch to the Selma (162.45) or Tuscaloosa (162.40) transmitters. 1:40 p.m.A line of severe storms is currently moving across Arkansas and Louisiana and is expected to reach Alabama between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The storms are expected to bring damaging straight-line winds capable of knocking down trees and power lines and causing property damage. WVTM 13 Live Satellite/Radar can be seen below or on Facebook here.—SEVERE RISK The Storm Prediction Center upgraded the threat levels for Alabama. There is a moderate risk (level 4 of 5) for more than half the state including a large area of central Alabama. There is an enhanced risk for the rest of the state. Widespread thunderstorm winds or straight-line winds could cause knock down trees and powerlines. It will be windy throughout the day Wednesday with highs in the 80s. Gradient winds will pick up ahead of the thunderstorms with forecast gusts up to 50 mph in some places. Some areas in the moderate risk area could even see 80 mph wind gusts. Tornadoes will not be as widespread, but with such high wind shear, some are still likely. One or more tornado watches will likely be issued. —STORM TIMELINE Storms are expected to arrive in west Alabama at about 5 p.m. and will reach Interstate 65 at around 8:30 p.m. The threat in metro Birmingham should end by 2 a.m. Thursday and by 6 a.m. in east Alabama. —WIND WARNINGA high wind warning is in effect for Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens and Winston counties until 10 p.m. Wednesday. WHAT: Sustained winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected.IMPACTS: Strong wind gusts will blow down trees, possibly leading to widespread power outages. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.—WIND ADVISORYA wind advisory is in effect for all of central Alabama until 1 a.m. Thursday. WHAT: Sustained winds 15 to 25 mph, and gusts 40 to 50 mph with locally higher expected.IMPACTS: Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Trees and tree limbs could be blown down which may result in property damage and power outages.—WEATHER AWAREBe sure you have multiple ways of getting severe weather notifications. Get the WVTM 13 app and turn on the alerts!Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.—WVTM 13 WEATHERFor the latest Birmingham weather information and central Alabama’s certified most accurate forecast, watch WVTM 13 News.Current Weather ConditionsHourly Forecast | 10 Day ForecastInteractive RadarBirmingham SkycamsLive Doppler RadarSign Up For Email Weather AlertsDownload the WVTM 13 App —

Several tornado warnings have been issued in central Alabama as a line of storms moves across the state. All of Alabama should be prepared for severe weather. Watch live coverage above as tornado warnings are issued. Updates will be posted below throughout the night.

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12:17 a.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Shelby County until 12:30 a.m. At 12:16 a.m., a confirmed tornado was located near Vincent, or 10 miles southeast of Leeds, moving northeast at 55 mph.

12:04 a.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Shelby County until 12:30 a.m. Thursday. At 12:03 a.m., a confirmed tornado was located over Chelsea, moving northeast at 40 mph towards Highway 280.

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11:50 p.m.

The University of Montevallo reports one minor injury after a confirmed tornado Wednesday night. There is some confirmed structural damage to at last one campus building. The school sent this message with students, faculty and staff:

“We are thankful that this week was spring break and that very few people were on campus during tonight’s storms.

“UMPD and University officials are currently assessing campus for damage. We will know more when daylight comes and will update the UM community then.

“At this point, only one minor injury has been reported.”

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11:44 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Chilton and Shelby counties until 12:45 a.m. Thursday. At 11:44 p.m. Wednesday, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Maylene to near Calera to near Clanton, moving northeast at 55 mph.

11:39 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties in Alabama until 12:45 a.m. Thursday. At 11:38 p.m. Wednesday, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Maylene to near Jemison to near Pooles Crossroads, moving northeast at 55 mph.

11:27 p.m.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday for the following counties: Autauga; Bibb; Blount; Chilton; Coosa; Dallas; Elmore; Etowah; Jefferson; Lowndes; Montgomery; Perry; Shelby; St. Clair; Talladega.

11:08 p.m.

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10:55 p.m.

There are reports of structural damage to the Brooke Hall dormitory on the campus of the University of Montevallo in Shelby County, Alabama. A tornado was confirmed on the ground at about 10:30 p.m. Students are on spring break this week.

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10:45 p.m.

The tornado warning in Shelby County has expired.

10:35 p.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Shelby County until 10:45 p.m. At 10:34 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Shelby County Airport, or near Alabaster, moving northeast at 45 mph.

10:30 p.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Shelby County until 10:45 p.m. At 10:29 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located over Montevallo moving northeast at 45 mph.

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10:23 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Shelby County until 10:45 p.m. The storm is located near Ashby, moving northeast toward Montevallo and Wilton. At 10:22 p.m., a tornado-producing storm was located over Brierfield Ironworks Park, or near Montevallo, moving northeast at 45 mph.

10:19 p.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Bibb and Chilton counties in Alabama until 10:45 p.m. At 10:18 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located over Ashby, or near Montevallo, moving northeast at 50 mph.

10:16 p.m.

Radar-indicated tornado in eastern Tuscaloosa County, Alabama east of Holt, west of Brookwood, moving northeast. A tornado warning remains in effect for Tuscaloosa County until 10:45 p.m.

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10:06 p.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Bibb and Chilton counties in Alabama until 10:45 p.m. At 10:05 p.m., a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located over Talladega National Forest, or 7 miles southeast of Centreville, moving northeast at 55 mph. The NWS described this storm as a “PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.”

A tornado watch remains in effect for the following counties: Autauga; Bibb; Blount; Chilton; Coosa; Dallas; Elmore; Etowah; Hale; Jefferson; Lowndes; Marengo; Montgomery; Perry; Shelby; St. Clair; Talladega; Tuscaloosa; Walker; Winston.

10:01 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Tuscaloosa County in Alabama until 10:45 p.m. At 10:01 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over northeastern Tuscaloosa, moving northeast at 55 mph.

9:59 p.m.

A “large and extremely dangerous” tornado on the ground moving into southern Bibb County, Alabama, the NWS said. At 9:57 p.m., a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located near Talladega National Forest, or 10 miles southeast of Brent, moving northeast at 60 mph.

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9:54 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Bibb and Chilton counties in Alabama until 10:45 p.m. At 9:52 p.m., a tornado-producing storm was located 9 miles east of Heiberger, or 13 miles south of Brent, moving northeast at 55 mph.

9:51 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Bibb and Tuscaloosa counties in Alabama until 10:30 p.m. The storm is located near Eoline, moving northeast toward West Blocton.

9:39 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Fayette and Walker counties in Alabama until 10:30 p.m. The storm is located near Berry, moving northeast.

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A tornado warning has been issued for Perry County until 10:15 p.m. At 9:37 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located near Marion, moving northeast at 55 mph.

9:32 p.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Tuscaloosa County until 9:45 p.m. At 9:31 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 7 miles north of Samantha, or 16 miles southeast of Fayette, moving northeast at 50 mph.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Greene County until 9:45 p.m. At 9:32 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Thornhill, or 10 miles south of Eutaw, moving northeast at 30 mph.

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9:17 p.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Tuscaloosa County until 9:45 p.m. At 9:16 p.m., a confirmed tornado was located near Lake Lurleen State Park, or 9 miles east of Gordo, moving northeast at 55 mph. A confirmed tornado debris signature reappeared in northwest Tuscaloosa County, crossing Highway 171 southwest of Samantha.

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9:13 p.m.

The NWS says a confirmed tornado crossed Highway 82 north of Elrod in far western Tuscaloosa County. A tornado warning remains in effect for Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties until 9:45 p.m. At 9:13 PM CDT, a confirmed tornado was located near Gordo, moving northeast at 55 mph.

9:10 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Greene County until 9:45 p.m. At 9:09 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Tishabee, or 9 miles east of Livingston, moving northeast at 45 mph.

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9:04 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties until 9:45 p.m. At 9:03 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Gordo, moving northeast at 50 mph.

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8:45 p.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Sumter County until 9:15 p.m. At 8:45 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near York, moving northeast at 45 mph.

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8:44 p.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Pickens County until 9 p.m. At 8:44 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Reform, moving northeast at 55 mph.

8:34 p.m.

A tornado warning remains in effect for Greene, Pickens and Sumter counties until 9 p.m. At 8:33 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Panola, or 10 miles south of Aliceville, moving northeast at 45 mph.

8:29 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for southern Sumter County until 9:15 p.m. The storm is moving northeast toward Cuba and York. Damaging winds of 60 mph are also possible.

8:18 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Greene, Pickens and Sumter counties until 9 p.m. At 8:17 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 7 miles north of Emelle, or 18 miles northwest of Livingston, moving northeast at 55 mph toward Panola. Damaging winds of 60 mph are possible.

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8:14 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for northern Pickens County until 9 p.m. The storm is located southwest of Pickensville, moving northeast. Damaging winds of 60 mph are possible.

8:01 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Greene, Pickens and Sumter counties until 9:15 p.m. Damaging winds of 60 mph are possible. At 8 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Deerbrook to near Stonewall, moving northeast at 55 mph.

7:41 p.m.

Firefighters are battling a large woods fire on Shocco Springs Road in Talladega, Alabama. The road is closed and people are being asked to avoid the area. It’s unclear at this time how the fire started or if weather played a factor.

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7:40 p.m.

The Hoover Fire Department reports a large, wind-driven brush fire at City Heights apartments on Alpine Village Drive. “No buildings are involved at this time,” a fire official said. “The fire is under control.”

7:38 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 8:30 p.m. for Marion, Lamar, and northwest Fayette Counties. At 7:37 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 6 miles northeast of Tremont to near Bent Oak, moving northeast at 55 mph.

7:21 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Marion, Lamar, and northwest Fayette Counties until 8:30 p.m. A line of storms is moving east from Mississippi. Damaging winds of 60 mph are possible. “There is also a small embedded confirmed tornado just SW of the radar,” NWS Birmingham tweeted.

7 p.m.

Traffic is back to normal on I-65 North after crews cleared fallen power lines from the road.

6:48 p.m.

Traffic on I-65 North is backed up to the I-59/20 junction in downtown Birmingham due to a report of power lines down on the interstate near Greensprings Highway.

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6:45 p.m.

A small fire was started after winds toppled a tree onto power lines on the south side of Red Mountain in Birmingham. Check out the photos below from Richard Jacks.

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6 p.m.

Gradient winds are knocking down trees and power lines across central Alabama. Wind damage reports are widespread and are likely to continue throughout the night. Below is a photo of a tree down along Reed Street in Tuscaloosa.

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The line of severe storms is expected to enter west Alabama at about 7 p.m.

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5:41 p.m.

Traffic is backing up on I-65 North near Greensprings Highway after a report of utility lines down on the road. Click here to see the WVTM 13 Traffic Map.

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5:35 p.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for most of central Alabama until 1 a.m. Thursday. Counties included in the watch area include the following:

Autauga; Bibb; Blount; Chilton; Colbert; Coosa; Cullman; Dallas; DeKalb; Elmore; Etowah; Fayette; Franklin; Greene; Hale; Jackson; Jefferson; Lamar; Lauderdale; Lawrence; Limestone; Lowndes; Madison; Marengo; Marion; Marshall; Montgomery; Morgan; Perry; Pickens; Shelby; St. Clair; Sumter; Talladega; Tuscaloosa; Walker; Winston.

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3:49 p.m.

EMA officials in Calhoun County say several trees have been knocked down by gradient winds in various locations. There are also reports of power outages.

3:47 p.m.

The NWS says a tornado watch is likely to be issued in west Alabama “in the next couple of hours.” The line of storms will enter the state a little later than expected at about 7 p.m.

3 p.m.

Winds are really picking up in central Alabama. The National Weather Service said the Birmingham airport recorded a wind gust up to 52 mph.

2:45 p.m.

The NOAA weather radio transmitter in Demopolis, Ala. is currently off the air due to a phone line issue. If you normally use the Demopolis transmitter, you will need to switch to the Selma (162.45) or Tuscaloosa (162.40) transmitters.

1:40 p.m.

A line of severe storms is currently moving across Arkansas and Louisiana and is expected to reach Alabama between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The storms are expected to bring damaging straight-line winds capable of knocking down trees and power lines and causing property damage.

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SEVERE RISK

The Storm Prediction Center upgraded the threat levels for Alabama. There is a moderate risk (level 4 of 5) for more than half the state including a large area of central Alabama. There is an enhanced risk for the rest of the state.

Severe weather risk map for Alabama

Widespread thunderstorm winds or straight-line winds could cause knock down trees and powerlines. It will be windy throughout the day Wednesday with highs in the 80s. Gradient winds will pick up ahead of the thunderstorms with forecast gusts up to 50 mph in some places. Some areas in the moderate risk area could even see 80 mph wind gusts.

Tornadoes will not be as widespread, but with such high wind shear, some are still likely. One or more tornado watches will likely be issued.

Severe weather risk map for central Alabama

STORM TIMELINE

Storms are expected to arrive in west Alabama at about 5 p.m. and will reach Interstate 65 at around 8:30 p.m. The threat in metro Birmingham should end by 2 a.m. Thursday and by 6 a.m. in east Alabama.

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WIND WARNING

A high wind warning is in effect for Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens and Winston counties until 10 p.m. Wednesday.

  • WHAT: Sustained winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected.
  • IMPACTS: Strong wind gusts will blow down trees, possibly leading to widespread power outages. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

WIND ADVISORY

A wind advisory is in effect for all of central Alabama until 1 a.m. Thursday.

  • WHAT: Sustained winds 15 to 25 mph, and gusts 40 to 50 mph with locally higher expected.
  • IMPACTS: Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Trees and tree limbs could be blown down which may result in property damage and power outages.

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