PHOTO: Alert graphic from the National Weather Service regarding today's severe weather potential. (National Weather Service - Huntsville)
By Staff Reports
FORT PAYNE, Ala. — About an hour ago, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for DeKalb County, Cherokee County, and Etowah Counties until 11 pm. Latest reports indicate the storm may strike our area between 6 - 8 pm.
Marshall and Madison Counties were also placed under a watch. Thirty other counties throughout north and central Alabama were also placed under a watch.
The watch was issued for the following Alabama counties:
Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston Counties.
As of 4:30 pm the NWS - Hunstville issued the following Severe Weather Outlook for our area: "Severe thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and spread eastward ahead of an approaching storm system. Large hail up to baseball size, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes across are expected for all areas in North Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee. A strong tornado or two will be possible.
The severe weather risk will diminish quickly late this evening into tonight as the front pushes east of the area."
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Earlier this morning, DeKalb County Schools and Fort Payne City Schools cancelled all after school activities: