Severe weather expected Wednesday

Published 6:24 pm Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Severe weather — including strong winds, large hail and a few tornadoes — is possible Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service’s forecast.

The weather service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for most of central Alabama, including Chilton County.

While some damaging straight-line winds and hail could develop overnight Tuesday, the worst weather seems to be likely for Wednesday afternoon into the evening hours.

The outlook says a severe weather outbreak for all of central Alabama is likely Wednesday. Long-lived tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail are all possible.

The greatest threat appears to begin around noon in northwest Alabama, around 2 p.m. along the Interstate 59 corridor, from Montgomery to Roanoke by 4 p.m. and further south in Troy and Phenix City by 6 p.m.

The weather service says now is time for people to review their severe weather action plan, before the storms arrive.

“Now is the time to review your severe weather action plan and be prepared to take quick action when watches and warnings are eventually issuing,” the Hazardous Weather Outlook read.

NWS meteorologists said the storm’s cellular nature makes forecasting an exact arrival time ahead of time difficult.

“There are still some timing issues to be dealt with…so be prepared for some adjustments in timing and monitor the latest forecast for updated information.”

Updates will be posted throughout the day Wednesday at

In addition to the severe weather, flash flooding will be a possibility too. Localized torrential rainfall will happen Wednesday in a short period of time.

To make matters worse, some places may get hit repeatedly by different storms, which could cause some flooding issues.

Wednesday will be a breezy day even outside of areas hit by thunderstorms. Strong gradient winds are expected, with sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts above 35 mph.