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Severe storms possible Thursday

03/25 Severe Weather map

National Weather Service forecasters say Thursday could bring a wave of severe storms to much of Alabama, though they’re not expecting an outbreak as widespread as last week’s storms.

National Weather Service forecasters say Thursday could bring a wave of severe storms to much of Alabama, though they’re not expecting an outbreak as widespread as last week’s storms.

“We’re still in our spring weather season, so let’s hope that people still have their storm plans in place,” said Jason Holmes, a forecaster for the weather service office in Calera.

Forecasters on Monday released an advisory noting that “a strong storm system could bring a potential for damaging winds and tornadoes Thursday afternoon into Thursday night for all of central Alabama.” Calhoun are surrounding counties are among the areas considered at “slight” risk of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

“We don’t like to compare storms, but looking at the magnitude, it doesn’t seem likely to be as widespread as what we had last week,” Holmes said.

The state on Wednesday saw at least 20 tornadoes in an outbreak that forecasters had warned about several days in advance. No one was killed in the storms, and there was no significant damage in Calhoun County.

Even so, Holmes says that based on the number of tornadoes alone it was a significant storm system, and could have been much worse if Wednesday had been a sunnier day as predicted, heating up the air in advance of the storms.

“We had cloud cover during the day and didn’t see as much instability as we expected,” he said. “We’re very thankful there was no loss of life.”

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.