March is going out like a lion, and we’ve got another round of severe weather headed our way this evening. Read on for everything you need to know.
Damaging winds possible
As of time of publishing, Madison County is under a wind advisory. The National Weather Service outlined the following concerns in the hazardous weather outlook for North Alabama:
- Wind advisory through 1AM with possible hurricane-force winds (70-80 MPH)
- Strong to severe thunderstorms
- Possible tornadoes
The primary line of storms is expected to pass through the area between 7PM and 10PM. However, the wind threat will remain after the squall line has passed, potentially lasting until 1AM.
Storms are expected to weaken as they cross the state from west to east, and the threat will completely wrap up by 1AM Thursday, March 31.
Be prepared for severe weather
Severe storms are synonymous with springtime in Alabama. How do you know if you’re prepared? Here are some tips from the NWS:
- Secure loose items that may be picked up by wind gusts.
- Make sure cell phones, flashlights, weather radios and other essential tech have full batteries in the event of a power outage.
- Identify a place where you can shelter, ideally an interior room on the first floor of your home or a basement.
- If outdoors, avoid trees and power lines.
- Refresh yourself on the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
- Tornado watch: Tornados are possible. Review your safety plan and make sure you’re prepared.
- Tornado warning: A tornado has been seen or indicated by radar. Take action immediately + make sure you are in a safe location.
- Make sure you have multiple ways to receive watches and warnings. Do not rely solely on tornado sirens.
- Local weather station apps on your cell phone, emergency alerts on your cell phone and a weather radio are a few examples.
- Know where you’re going if you need to take shelter.
- Make sure you wear hard-soled shoes and a helmet while you shelter.
There are several community shelters for those who live in a mobile or manufactured home.
Stay safe this evening, Huntsville! Don’t forget to follow us on social media @hvilleblast for all the updates you might need.