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A dynamic storm system will move into Alabama late Wednesday afternoon, threatening the state with damaging winds up to 80 mph and tornadoes. All of central Alabama should be prepared for inclement weather from about 6 p.m. until midnight. Get the latest predictions in the video above. Live updates will be posted below until the threat is over. Click here to watch WVTM 13 News live online. Click here for the latest weather-related school closures, cancellations and delays.—LIVE UPDATE 3:49 p.m. EMA officials in Calhoun County say several trees were toppled by gradient winds at various places. Power outages are also reported. 3:47 p.m. The NWS says a tornado watch will likely be issued in western Alabama “within the next few hours.” The line of storms will enter the state a little later than expected around 7:30 p.m. The winds are really picking up in central Alabama. The National Weather Service said Birmingham Airport recorded a gust of wind up to 52mph. 2:45 p.m. The NOAA weather radio transmitter in Demopolis, Alabama is currently off the air due to a phone line problem. 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 through Arkansas and Louisiana and is expected to reach Alabama between 5 and 8 p.m. The storms are expected to bring damaging straight-line winds capable of downing 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 has updated threat levels for Alabama. There is moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) for more than half of the state, including much of central Alabama. There is an increased risk to the rest of the state. Widespread storm winds or straight-line winds could bring down trees and power lines. It will be windy all day Wednesday with highs in the 80s. Degraded winds will pick up ahead of the thunderstorms with forecast gusts up to 50 mph in some places. Some areas of the moderate risk zone could even see wind gusts of 80 mph. Tornadoes won’t be as widespread, but with such wind shear, some are still likely. One or more tornado watches will likely be issued. —STORM TIMELINE Storms are expected to arrive in western Alabama around 5 p.m. and reach Interstate 65 around 8:30 p.m. The threat in the Birmingham metro is expected to end at 2 a.m. Thursday and 6 h in eastern Alabama. —WIND WARNING A severe wind warning is in effect for Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens and Winston counties until 10 p.m. Wednesday. WHAT: Sustained winds of 20-25 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for large vehicles.—WIND ADVISORYA wind advisory is in effect for all of central Alabama through 1 a.m. Thursday. WHAT: Sustained winds of 15-25 mph and gusts of 40-50 mph with locally higher forecasts. IMPACTS: Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Trees and tree branches could be felled, which could lead to property damage and power outages. Download the WVTM 13 app and activate alerts! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.—WVTM 13 WEATHERFor the latest Birmingham weather information and the most accurate certified forecast from central Alabama, watch WVTM 13 News. Forecast | 10 Day Forecast Interactive Radar Birmingham Skycams Live Doppler Radar Sign up for weather email alerts Download the WVTM 13 app —

A dynamic storm system will move into Alabama late Wednesday afternoon, threatening the state with damaging winds up to 80 mph and tornadoes. All of central Alabama should be prepared for inclement weather from about 6 p.m. until midnight. Get the latest predictions in the video above. Live updates will be posted below until the threat is over.

Click here to watch WVTM 13 News live online. Click here for the latest school closures, cancellations and weather delays.

LIVE UPDATES

3:49 p.m.

Calhoun County EMA officials say several trees were toppled by gradient winds in various locations. Power outages are also reported.

3:47 p.m.

The NWS says a tornado watch will likely be issued in western Alabama “within the next few hours.” The line of thunderstorms will enter the state a little later than expected around 7 p.m.

3 p.m.

The winds are really picking up in central Alabama. The National Weather Service said Birmingham Airport recorded a gust of wind up to 52mph.

2:45 p.m.

The NOAA weather radio transmitter in Demopolis, Alabama is currently out of service due to a phone line problem. 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 through Arkansas and Louisiana and is expected to reach Alabama between 5 and 8 p.m.

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

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SERIOUS RISK

The Storm Prediction Center has updated threat levels for Alabama. There is moderate risk (level 4 out of 5) for more than half of the state, including much of central Alabama. There is an increased risk to the rest of the state.

Widespread storm winds or straight-line winds could bring down trees and power lines. It will be windy all day Wednesday with highs in the 80s. Degraded winds will pick up ahead of the thunderstorms with forecast gusts up to 50 mph in some places. Some areas of the moderate risk zone could even see wind gusts of 80 mph.

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

Severe weather hazard map for central Alabama

STORM TIMELINE

The storms are expected to arrive in western Alabama around 5 p.m. and reach Interstate 65 around 8:30 p.m. The threat in the Birmingham metro is expected to end around 2 a.m. Thursday and around 6 a.m. in the east of Alabama.

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WIND WARNING

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

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

WIND ADVISORY

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

  • WHAT: Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts of 40 to 50 mph with locally higher expected.
  • IMPACTS: Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Trees and tree branches could be felled, which could lead to property damage and power outages.

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