Weather Service issues hazardous outlook; damaging winds possible
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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The National Weather Service’s office in Calera has issued a hazardous weather outlook for most of central Alabama for Thursday night. Heavy thunderstorms are expected to start in the western part of the state by 6 p.m. Thursday and hit Calhoun County by 10 p.m., said Jim Westland, a meteorologist with the service.

“The biggest danger for the area will be straight-line winds that can cause some damage,” Westland said. “The threat of tornado is low, but I wouldn’t say it’s zero.”

Westland said the storms are expected to hang in the area until about 1 a.m. Friday before moving eastward. Although rain is expected to be heavy, he said it’s unlikely the storm will have enough time to cause floods and further damage.

Westland said that while the tornado outlook is unlikely, residents should still be on alert and prepared in case of an emergency.

“The chance isn’t great, but people shouldn’t take that as no threat,” Westland said. “We’re just saying the chances are low.”

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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