UPDATE: (6:45 p.m.): A Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for the area(s) pictured below.
UPDATE: (6:40 p.m.): A Tornado Warning is in effect for the area(s) pictured below
UPDATE: (6:11 p.m.):A Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for the area(s) pictured below
UPDATE: (5:57 p.m.): A Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for the area(s) pictured below.
UPDATE: (5:53 p.m.): A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the area(s) pictured below
UPDATE: (5:47 p.m.): This severe thunderstorm is capable of producing damaging wind and hail the size of a tennis ball. A dangerous storm, so stay with the First Alert weather team for the latest weather updates.
UPDATE: (5:45 p.m.): This severe thunderstorm is capable of producing damaging wind and hail the size of a tennis ball. A dangerous storm, so stay with the First Alert weather team for the latest weather updates.
UPDATE: (5:18 p.m.): A Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for the area(s) pictured below.
UPDATE: (5:10 p.m.): A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is now in effect for Lee County until 4:45pm CDT. Ping Pong Ball size hail and 60 mph wind gusts can be expected with this storm as it moves northeast at 55 mph.Locations impacted include: Auburn, Opelika, Notasulga, Waverly, Beulah, Auburn University, Beauregard, and Loachapoka.
UPDATE: (4:35 p.m.): Late day storms are producing over 50,000 feet storms across Central Alabama. Right now golf ball sized hail and dimed sized hail are being reported. The latest track of the supercell may impact Barbour County around news time.
We can not discount other storms building across east central so watching Lee and Macon Counties…
Bottom line: Very active weather until after sunset.
UPDATE: (4:30 p.m.): A Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for the area(s) pictured below.
UPDATE: (4:20 p.m.): Large chunks of hail are being reported in Thomasville, Alabama in a storm system that has been making its way across the southeast Saturday. The storm system is currently on track to be in the WRBL News 3 viewing area in the afternoon and evening.
WATCH: Hail video from Thomasville, Alabama:
UPDATE: (4:15 p.m.): The weather is expected to become a bit more active in the Chattahoochee Valley area over the next several hours. A new Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for much of west central Georgia until 10pm EDT, to include Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Talbot, Marion, Stewart and Webster counties. Scattered storms having been firing up over the last several hours in southern Alabama and are starting to approach our east Alabama counties. The main threat with these storms is damaging winds and hail, but an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. Stay with WRBL First Alert Weather for the latest.
UPDATE: (4:05 p.m.): A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the area(s) pictured below.
UPDATE: (3:59 p.m.): Tornado Warning again for the second time which may impact our Southern Clay county residents again. Strong winds which may be damaging at the surface.
UPDATE: (3:50 p.m.): A Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for the area(s) pictured below.
UPDATE: (2:25 p.m.): Severe Thunderstorm Watch: All of East Central Alabama and a Tornado Watch across Clay, Quitman, and Randolph Counties in Georgia. The atmosphere from all the daytime heating is beginning to destabilize, with showers and storms potentially reaching severe levels.
UPDATE: (2:00 p.m.): We will be watching from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for a build up of storms in this warm and unstable environment.
This is the last portion which needs to be watched closely. There’s a good thunderstorm building, now in the southwest portion of Alabama lifting on a northeast trajectory.
We typically watch for these storms, especially now that it appears to be all clear, it is not. We will not let our guard down and must keep a watchful eye for the next 3-4 hours.
After this a stray shower or storm from wrap around moisture after sunset but we will be in the clear until Thursday.
UPDATE: (10:00 a.m.): According to emergency management director Chance Corbett the noon siren test is cancelled in Muscogee County. EMA typically cancels the siren test during severe weather events. So if you do hear a siren today, seek shelter immediately.
UPDATE: (9:20 a.m.): At this time the warm front is directing the severe weather out of Randolph County and Clay County, Ga. We’re giving folks there an all clear for now. We are closely watching late morning, early afternoon for the second round of severe weather, which is north of the warm front.
Despite this being a good thing for less severe activity, we have to watch for any day-time heating that could produce thunderstorms with damaging winds. We are also still tracking the possibility of small to large hail.
UPDATE: (8:20 a.m.) – We’re tracking across all of east central Alabama moving into west central Georgia. In the next hour, winds could reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. These are not severe but could cause widespread damage to weakened trees, which could topple over onto powerlines and cause outages.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) -UPDATE 7:00 AM Saturday: Tornado Watch now for our southern Counties, Clay Quitman, and Randolph.
The history of these storms has wind damage from these storms right now across Monroe County, Alabama, and dime-sized hail with these storms. The warm front has remained south, so will these storms at this time. Watching our southern counties over the next couple of hours.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA 1205 AM EDT SAT APR 24 2021 ...COLUMBUS NWR TRANSMITTER IS OFF THE AIR... NOAA WEATHER RADIO TRANSMITTER AT COLUMBUS...WXM 32 ON 162.400... IS OFF THE AIR DUE TO A TRANSMITTER FAILURE. WXM 32 PROVIDES SERVICE TO THE GEORGIA COUNTIES OF CHATTAHOOCHEE...HARRIS...MARION... MUSCOGEE...STEWART...TALBOT...AND WEBSTER...AND THE ALABAMA COUNTIES OF LEE AND RUSSELL. ALTERNATE SERVICE FOR THE AFFECTED AREAS CAN BE RECEIVED FROM TRANSMITTERS AT AMERICUS...WXJ 30 ON 162.425...THOMASTON...WXJ 31 ON 162.500 AND ASHBURN...WWF 54 ON 162.525. WEATHER INFORMATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM WEATHER.GOV/ATLANTA.
This Afternoon will determine how far north the warm front lifts will bring the best chances for storms that would become severe. We still need to be hyper-focused on all our southern community.
*There will be heavy showers continuing before sunrise and leading up to the severe weather windows listed below:
*Confidence is higher for severe storms Enhanced Risk: What is certain will be the torrential rainfall 2-3” with both rounds-Main threat for local street flooding and the actual warm front will determine this and where and when the severe weather strikes
ROUND #2-WEATHER AWARE Saturday Noon/11:30CT AM- 6:30/5:30PMCT: The set-up right now is up to an enhanced risk or 3 out of 5 (confidence) for isolated severe thunderstorms. Damaging wind with low level-shear, large hail, and a low risk for tornadoes and heavy rainfall, with local flash flooding.
The second wave may be diminished in strength due to the cooler air but a lull will increase energy to support strong afternoon thunderstorms(from the 1stround of storms) but heavy rainfall will be present, with the surface low. This is more unidirectional compared to the first round, which means less spin and more outflowing damaging wind.
Sunday through Wednesday of the following week clears out before another front sweep through Thursday, April 29.
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