First Alert: Pine Belt under tornado watch until 3 p.m.

First Alert: Pine Belt under tornado watch until 3 p.m.
All counties in the WDAM viewing area are under a tornado watch until 3 p.m. (Source: WDAM)

PINE BELT (WDAM) - A tornado watch is in effect for the Pine Belt. All counties in the WDAM viewing area are under this watch until 3 p.m.

What to expect:

Storms will move through the area until 6 p.m. Through 3 p.m., there is the chance for those storms to become severe with the potential to produce a tornado.

Threats:

Right now, it looks like the main concern will be for heavy rain, frequent lightning, wind gusts up to 60 mph, hail up to the size of quarters and the potential for a brief and/or weak tornado. Localized flooding may become a concern as rainfall rates will be quite high in some of the intense storms.

Timing:

The timeline for the storms is between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Unknowns:

The linchpin to the entire threat will be if an area of surface low pressure can develop behind the storms that form in Texas. If so, it sets the stage for the atmosphere to be more conducive to the development of severe storms. If not, it will be just rain and thunder.

More Info:

For more scientific information on this - and other - forecasts, you can get extra details and a complete scientific breakdown over on Nick's Blog.

Preparations:

Have your NOAA Weather Radio programmed with fully-charged batteries available for it. If you must travel, make sure to check the weather conditions, watches, warnings and advisories before venturing out the door. Review your severe weather plan and know what you should do if a severe storm or tornado is near you. If you don’t feel comfortable riding out a storm where you live, make a plan regarding when you should leave your home and where you should go. Also, download the WDAM Weather App so, if the power goes out, you still have access to live, streaming coverage of any updates about the weather.

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