Threat of severe weather could affect Chilton County

Published 3:42 pm Monday, October 13, 2014

A threat of severe weather hitting much of the state late Monday night into Tuesday morning could affect those living in Chilton County.

“We have a vigorous cold front currently moving across the central part of the United States right now,” meteorologist Matt Anderson with the National Weather Service said Monday afternoon. “The greatest threat for severe weather in Chilton County will probably be between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.”

The storms expected to hit the county could include damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and some hail with potentially 3 inches of rain, Anderson said.

“There is also an area of showers and storms developing right now at the gulf, and we are watching that and monitoring that for the potential of severe weather,” Anderson said. “We would not be surprised if we were to see some severe weather come out of that line of storms, which could happen as early as 4 p.m. today.”

With the threat of the severe storms predicted for a time when most people are sleeping, Anderson encouraged individuals to stay alert of severe weather threats through severe weather apps for smart phones, and weather radios.

“It is definitely going to be something where people need to stay alert of what is going on,” Anderson said.

The rest of the week should remain calm and cool with temperatures predicted for the middle of the week in the low-to mid-70s and overnight lows in the mid-50s.

“After we get past the severe weather predicted for today and tomorrow morning, the weather is going to be quite nice,” Anderson said. “We will be moving into a much cooler and dryer environment.”

As the weekend approaches, Anderson said the temperature will gradually increase with highs in the upper 70s and overnight lows in the low 50s.

As of Monday afternoon, there were approximately 650 Alabama Power Company customers without service in the Clanton area, according to Alabama Power spokesman Mike Jordan.

Crews were working to restore the service, Jordan said.