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Isolated severe storms, brief tornadoes and gusty winds possible today in Alabama watches or warnings in effect.


What’s left of Tropical Storm Olga will move through Mississippi today along with a cold front, and that could make for some interesting weather for Alabama as well.

NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has a marginal risk for severe weather in place for nearly all of Alabama today.

A marginal risk means isolated severe storms will be possible.

Today’s severe weather risk comes on the heels of severe storms across parts of southwest and west Alabama on Friday. The National Weather Service issued multiple tornado warnings, and at least one tornado touchdown was confirmed in west Mobile.

That storm left a trail of damage in its wake, and the weather service in Mobile plans to survey it today.

More brief tornadoes will be possible today as the remnants of Olga impact the area. Winds will also be gusty — with non-storm gusts as high as 40 mph possible, according to forecasters.

The wind, combined with recent rain, could bring down trees weakened by recent drought conditions and knock out power, according to the National Weather Service.

The threat of severe weather is expected to come to an end later tonight as Olga’s remnants and an associated cold front move through the state.

Here’s a look at what to expect today:

Strong to severe storms were ongoing on Saturday morning in parts of southwest Alabama after a Friday with multiple tornado warnings and at least one tornado touchdown in Mobile County.

The National Weather Service in Mobile said a storm survey will be done today to determine how strong the tornado was and its path.

There is a marginal risk for severe weather across all of south Alabama from mid-morning through the afternoon.

The main concerns are isolated damaging wind gusts, and a brief tornado “can’t be ruled out,” according to the weather service.

A wind advisory is in effect for the entire region through 1 p.m. Winds will be out of the southeast from 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

The weather service also issued a coastal flood advisory for Mobile and Baldwin counties as winds increase ahead of the front. The weather service said Saturday morning that tidal gauges around Mobile Bay were already rising quickly and approaching minor flood stage.

There will also be a high risk of rip currents and high surf along the coast through early this evening, forecasters said.

CENTRAL ALABAMA The National Weather Service in Birmingham is maintaining a marginal risk for severe weather across all of central Alabama today.

Severe storms will be possible from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The main concerns are brief tornadoes and wind gusts up to 60 mph.

The storms could enter west Alabama as early as 10 a.m. and move from west to east, exiting east Alabama as late as 10 p.m.

A wind advisory for all of central Alabama from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. today. Winds are expected to be out of the south at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

The weather service said that winds will be the most brisk mainly north and west of the Interstate 85 corridor.

The winds along with wet ground and recent drought conditions could combine to bring down a few weakened trees, the weather service said.

NORTH ALABAMA All of north Alabama has a marginal risk of severe weather today, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville.

The best chance for a few storms will come later this afternoon and into the early evening.

Heavy rain and strong winds are the main concerns with the heavier showers.

A wind advisory will also be in effect from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. today. Winds will be 15-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph, the weather service said.


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