An active bad weather day turned into an active night for some people in Alabama.
Another round of bad weather moved through northern Alabama early Thursday morning – following a heavy storm on Wednesday afternoon that knocked down trees and power lines in central and southern Alabama.
Severe storm watch for most of northern Alabama will be valid until 5 am CDT:
The Alabama states on the watch are Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan.
The Hurricane Prediction Center says large scattered hail is “a possibility” with very large hail that may be isolated. Blowing winds of up to 70 mph will also be possible as well as isolated tornadoes.
The National Weather Service has issued several severe storm warnings early Thursday throughout northern Alabama.
The weather service received reports about hail the size of golf balls with some of these storms, as well as gusts of winds of more than 50 mph.
The Hurricane Prediction Center has extreme northern Alabama – including the Huntsville area – under increased risk for bad weather overnight.
Increased risk means that many severe storms will be possible.
The strongest storm can damage wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail. Some tornadoes are also possible.
The risk of bad weather overnight extended south to central and southern Alabama, where there was little risk, which meant severe scattered storms would be possible.
Weather forecasters urge Alabambians to ensure they have a reliable way to get an overnight warning if needed. It is recommended to have at least two ways to get a warning, and outdoor sirens cannot be relied on to wake you up in the middle of the night.
Calmer weather is expected to follow the storm overnight. Weather forecasters will then turn their attention to the weekend, when other potential threats of bad weather might occur on Easter Sunday.
The Hurricane Prediction Center already has many areas of Alabama under the risk of bad weather on Sunday, although this will be adjusted in the coming days.
Until now all the bad weather modes seen on the table, including the potential for tornadoes.