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A Major Severe Weather Outbreak for Today and Tonight


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A regional outbreak of severe storms is expected today and tonight across portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley into Alabama. Widespread severe storms capable of producing tornadoes (several of which may be intense), very large hail, and intense damaging wind gusts are expected. More than one round of severe storms is possible across parts of Mississippi and Alabama during the afternoon into the overnight hours. MS_swody1.thumb.png.b8b29f616a170565991a72949a9d7aca.png

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This is something we seldom see is a PDS Watch. A particularly dangerous situation for portions of Mississippi and Alabama. This is reminding me of 2011.



NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   1135 AM CDT Wed Mar 17 2021

   The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Tornado Watch for portions of 
     Western and central Alabama
     Central to eastern Mississippi

   * Effective this Wednesday morning and evening from 1135 AM until
     700 PM CDT.


   * Primary threats include...
     Numerous tornadoes expected with a few intense tornadoes likely
     Scattered damaging winds and isolated significant gusts to 80
       mph likely
     Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 3
       inches in diameter likely

   SUMMARY...Numerous discrete supercells are expected to develop this
   afternoon capable of producing strong to intense tornadoes.

   The tornado watch area is approximately along and 80 statute miles
   east and west of a line from 70 miles northwest of Gadsden AL to 35
   miles southeast of Pine Belt MS. For a complete depiction of the
   watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).


   REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
   tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
   area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
   threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
   and possible warnings.


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