The National Weather Service has issued another severe thunderstorm warning for Calhoun County, as well as parts of Cherokee, Cleburne and Etowah counties.
At 3:15 p.m. the weather service said a storm moving in from the west capable of producing quarter-sized hail and winds in excess of 60 mph. The warning is in effect until 4 p.m.
Locations in the path of the storm include McClellan, Jacksonville, Heflin, Piedmont, Weaver, Edwardsville, Abernathy and Fruithurst.
Calhoun County, and much of the rest of the state, is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 5 p.m. today, as remnants of the system that spawned deadly tornadoes across the Midwest passes through Alabama.
Thunderstorms are expected to dot the area and strengthen as the day grows warmer, said Jody Aaron, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The main threat is from straight-line winds and hail.
“There is a small, small percentage chance of a tornado with it,” Aaron said. “But it looks like those chances are decreasing.”
The storms are expected to decrease in intensity after sunset.
The weather could force changes to the many high school graduation ceremonies planned in Calhoun County tonight. Most were scheduled to begin between 6 and 8 p.m. in outdoor stadiums.