Tornado watch continues as severe storms enter eastern Alabama - FOX Carolina 21

Tornado watch continues as severe storms enter eastern Alabama

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Stormy skies over downtown Talladega near the historic Ritz Theater. Source: Dixon Hayes Stormy skies over downtown Talladega near the historic Ritz Theater. Source: Dixon Hayes
Dark clouds over Smith Lake in Cullman County. Source: TellFox.com Dark clouds over Smith Lake in Cullman County. Source: TellFox.com
This image of a tornado in Noxubee County, MS earlier today was tweeted by WCBI-TV (@WCBIWEATHER). Used with permission. This image of a tornado in Noxubee County, MS earlier today was tweeted by WCBI-TV (@WCBIWEATHER). Used with permission.
This graphic shows where the line of severe storms is predicted to be around 3 p.m. Source: WBRC This graphic shows where the line of severe storms is predicted to be around 3 p.m. Source: WBRC
VIPIR Threat Detection spots 100 mph winds in Pickens County at 12:57 p.m. Source: WBRC VIPIR Threat Detection spots 100 mph winds in Pickens County at 12:57 p.m. Source: WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A line of severe storms is crossing central Alabama, bringing heavy rain and lightning into the area.

The severe storms moved through Tuscaloosa and Jasper around 3 p.m., crossing the I-65 corridor into the Birmingham metro area around 4:30 p.m. The storms could produce winds between 60 and 80 mph along with torrential rainfall and lightning.

A tornado watch has been canceled for the following counties:

Jefferson, Bibb and Perry.

A tornado watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for the following counties:

Autauga, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Lowndes, Montgomery, Shelby, St. Clair, and Talladega counties.

The following counties are under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.:

Barbour, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee, Macon, Pike, Randolph, Russell, and Tallapoosa counties.

In Mississippi, one person was killed when a steel building was destroyed by a dangerous storm near Liberty in Kemper County. Other reports of injuries and storm damage are still coming in.

Around 50 school systems in Alabama canceled classes in advance of the severe weather. See the full list of closures at www.MyFoxClosing.com.

PHOTOS: Strong storms move into Talladega County

 

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