BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The weather outlook for Saturday shows the possibility of two rounds of severe weather rolling across the state.
The rough weather developed Friday out ahead of a cold front that was to the west of Alabama Friday afternoon. Tornado watches were posted Friday afternoon across Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.
Forecasters said thunderstorms could arrive in Alabama just after midnight with stronger storms rolling through the state in the late afternoon and early evening hours on Saturday.
Across Alabama, people in the path of the stormy weather are encouraged to have a plan for dealing with the possibility of severe storms and to stay informed of the current weather situation. Those attending the races at Talladega Superspeedway and other outdoor events should anticipate any strong weather and try to find shelter beforehand to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
In Birmingham, Mayor William Bell announced Friday plans to activate the Emergency Operation Center for the city.
"While we certainly want folks to come out and enjoy the Fed Cup and the Magic City Art Connection, we also want to insure that people remain safe and sheltered when they need it," said Mayor Bell.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Public Works and the American Red Cross will mobilize to track the storms system. If conditions warrant, Mayor Bell said Boutwell Auditorium will be opened as a storm refuge center. Emergency managers said it was important for anyone going outdoors on Saturday to be aware of the weather conditions.
"People should be monitoring the weather, local news services, pay attention to that," said Horace Walker. "If they have to go out, listen for warning signs."
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