Tornado watch in effect for all of north Alabama until 8 p.m. tonight

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CULLMAN – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Tornado Watch for all of north Alabama until 8 p.m. tonight, June 23. 

Counties included are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Thunderstorm coverage will increase across the Tennessee Valley into the evening, as the remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy approach the area. Some of the storms could become strong to severe in intensity, with damaging wind gusts and a few brief tornadoes the main threats. In addition, very high amounts of moisture associated with this system could result in very heavy rainfall, and a risk of flooding or flash flooding. Additional rainfall totals through late tonight should range from 1 to 1.5 inches, with locally higher amounts possible.

Thunderstorm coverage and intensity will diminish during Saturday, and should end Saturday evening, as a cold front moves across the region. Isolated thunderstorm chances return next Thursday, as Gulf moisture and instability return to the Tennessee Valley.