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 TuscAlert.com. 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.