More rain and storms are socking parts of Alabama today — and a few have been on the strong side.
The National Weather Service offices across the state have issued multiple severe thunderstorm warnings so far today, for areas in central and southwest Alabama, and the Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch:
The Alabama counties in the watch are Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Clay, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Pike, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has gotten reports of multiple trees down on the east side of the Montgomery metro area between Dannelly Field and the U.S. 231 corridor from storms earlier today.
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has added a slight risk to part of south and central Alabama for today, which means scattered severe storms are possible. A good part of the rest of south and central Alabama has a marginal risk, which means that isolated severe storms will be possible.
It won’t rain all day, but rounds of rain — sometimes heavy — will also be possible with a tropical-like air mass still in place.
More of the same will be possible through the weekend as well, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters will be watching for breaks in the clouds today. Sunshine would raise temperatures and destabilize the atmosphere, leading to more favorable conditions for stronger storms.
The strongest storms could contain damaging wind gusts, and a brief tornado will also be possible in central and south Alabama. The weather service said a 59 mph wind gust was observed earlier this afternoon in Montgomery County as storms moved through.
The risk is low but non-zero, according to the weather service.
Rain chances are expected to climb this weekend, with several rounds of rain possible.
The rain has already added up in south Alabama. The National Weather Service in Mobile said parts of southern Mobile and Baldwin counties have gotten 3-5 inches of rain so far, with localized areas seeing more than 6 inches.
A flash flood watch remains in effect for central and coastal Baldwin and Mobile counties through Sunday evening.
Forecasters said an additional 3-6 inches of rain will be possible there through early Sunday evening.
Much of the state has seen rain already, with parts of north and central Alabama getting over an inch, but the ground has been dry enough to handle it so far.
However, forecasters statewide said a threat of localized flooding will have to be monitored through the weekend.
The wet pattern is expected to stay in place through Monday thanks to a slow-moving, complex weather system.
Things should begin to dry out some on Tuesday, but chances for scattered rain and storms will remain in the forecast through mid-week next week.
In addition to the rain, a high risk of rip currents will in effect for Alabama and northwest Florida beaches through the weekend, according to the weather service in Mobile.
A high risk means the water will be dangerous for all levels of swimmers and extreme caution is urged.