Area Schools Closing Amid Severe Weather Threat on Wednesday; Shelters Open

Area Schools Closing Amid Severe Weather Threat on Wednesday; Shelters Open National Weather Service

Wednesday’s forecast does not look good for much of Alabama, with several counties expected to see some form of severe weather. As a result, many area schools are opting to close for the day. Storms began making their way into West Alabama in the wee hours on Wednesday, bringing torrential rain, lightning and high winds. A tornado watch was issued for Tuscaloosa County until 9 p.m.

Governor Robert Bentley declared a statewide State of Emergency for severe weather in Alabama on Wednesday.

School and Business Closings on Wednesday, April 5:

Tuscaloosa City Schools

Tuscaloosa County Schools and County Offices

Holy Spirit School & Preschool

American Christian Academy

Tuscaloosa Academy

University of Alabama

Shelton State Community College

Stillman College

The Tuscaloosa Public Library

In terms of the severe weather threat itself, the National Weather Service has placed West Alabama (including Tuscaloosa County) in an enhanced risk area for Wednesday (4 a.m. to 9 p.m.) – meaning there is a possibility for destructive, long-track tornadoes, hail and damaging straight line winds. In addition, the NWS calls this a “long duration” event, which may have two or even three waves of storms moving through.

Tornado Shelters Open in Tuscaloosa

City officials are monitoring the potential for severe weather and will act accordingly. Resources are on stand by.
Shelters are open:

- University Place Elementary School, 2000 1st Ave;
- Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd;
- Tuscaloosa Magnet/Elementary School, 315 McFarland Blvd East;
- The Alberta School of Performing Arts, 2700 University Blvd East;
- Salvation Army, 2902 Greensboro Ave.

Pets are not allowed in the shelters.

To stay abreast of the weather situation and other emergencies, visit This site allows you to customize how you want to receive your alerts (there is a text option!) and which alerts you want to get.

It is critically important that you have a reliable way to receive watch and warning information. 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.

In addition, James Spann would no doubt remind all of us to “Read the Blog” – and to do that, click here.

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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