Severe Weather Update: Tornado Watch Until 6 p.m. for Tuscaloosa County

Severe Weather Update: Tornado Watch Until 6 p.m. for Tuscaloosa County National Weather Service

Heads up, Tuscaloosa and Northport (and surrounding areas): We could be in for some rough weather in coming hours. March is, apparently, living up to the adage "In like a lion."

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for our area, effective until 6 p.m. As of 1 p.m., the timeline for West Alabama appeared to be between 1 and 5 p.m. The strongest of the storms may bring damaging winds, hail and the possibility of a few "brief" tornadoes.

In terms of weather-related cancellations, the Tuscaloosa City Schools has announced that all after-school and extended-day activities will be canceled.

Now is the time to review your severe weather safety plans, and be sure to check your weather radios. If you need help programming your Midland All Hazards Weather Radio, Northport Fire Rescue has an excellent, detailed post about how to do just that.

Be safe, everyone, and FYI: If you experience a power outage, report it with Alabama Power by calling 1-800-888-2726.

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