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Severe weather expected statewide Wednesday

This is the timeline for the storms moving through the state Wednesday morning. This is the timeline for the storms moving through the state Wednesday morning.
Almost the entire state of Alabama is covered in the risk area. Almost the entire state of Alabama is covered in the risk area.

The FOX6 StormWarn Team says almost the entire state is looking at severe storms on Wednesday morning. The threat includes damaging straight-line winds and isolated tornadoes.

West Alabama may see the storms roll in around 3 a.m. They are expected to move through Birmingham around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and exit the state around 10 or 11 a.m. People in the area are encouraged to stay aware, as the heavy storms will be coming up before many will be awake.

Some schools are already delaying class on Wednesday morning by a few hours. Check to see which schools, daycares and businesses are closing or delayed.

"The main threat still appears to be damaging straight-line winds of 70 mph in some locations. However, if the really humid air to the south makes it up here, tornadoes could occur also," Dr. Tim Coleman said in an update on the FOX6 Weather Blog.

His advice:

"Go ahead and have a weather plan before you go to bed tonight. Have a source of weather information with batteries, and a flashlight. Keep your NOAA Weather Radio on alert. Also, decide where you will go if a tornado warning is issued. Small, interior rooms on the lowest floor are best."

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And if you work in Birmingham, keep this in mind:

"This will come through BHM around rush hour, so evaluate the weather before you leave home and if the storms are getting close, it will be best to wait until they pass through, because you do not want to be driving in heavy rain and winds strong enough to push trees over on cars," Dr. Coleman said.

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FOX6 Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice gave this update in his Weather Blog post from 11 a.m.:

Models are still indicating the primary risk will be damaging winds in excess of 60mph. There is also a lower risk for tornadoes, but this could change depending on how much instability is realized ahead of the front. Right now, the atmosphere is capped and that will prevent supercells from forming ahead of the main line. Still - we will have enough forcing to result in a few tornadoes within the mainline. I fully anticipate a tornado watch overnight through tomorrow morning.

We should brace for severe storms as early as 3am in West Alabama and hitting the I-65 corridor as early as 7am. Storms should weaken just a bit as they move into our East Alabama Counties due to lower instability. I anticipate the severe threat to be over by noon.

What to Expect: We will likely have power outages with this system due to the high winds. It's possible a few tornadoes could develop. However, the winds from the thunderstorms may be stronger than what you see with smaller tornadoes.

Call to Action: Have your weather radio turned on and ready tonight. If you don't have a NOAA weather radio, make sure you have a reliable way to receive warnings. Sirens are not good enough! Make sure you have a portable radio and a flashlight.

I would also suggest you secure any loose items around your home. You don't want that patio umbrella ending up across the street.

Watch Good Day Alabama in the morning or visit for coverage. You can also watch FOX6 on your Apple or Android smart phone apps in case of a power outage.

After the storms, expect much cooler weather for the rest of the week.

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