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Storm Threat

Storms left behind damage in the Shoals. Storms left behind damage in the Shoals.
A couple was found dead in their home in Jackson County. A couple was found dead in their home in Jackson County.
The woman accused of making a terrorist threat at UNA was in court today. The woman accused of making a terrorist threat at UNA was in court today.
Authorities are looking for escaped inmate Michael Reid. Authorities are looking for escaped inmate Michael Reid.

Bracing for severe weather

Good afternoon everyone. Here are some of the stories we are following today in the WAFF 48 Newsroom:

We are still bracing the possibility of severe weather after storms moved through the area overnight. Two main threats exist for us right now. The first is tonight into tomorrow morning. We could see a lot of rain and strong winds. But the biggest threat may be tomorrow afternoon. In fact Chief Meteorologist Brad Travis says it is the worst threat we have had this year. Be sure to tune in tonight at 5, 6 and 10. Brad and The Storm Team will have the most up to date information for you. And remember if you see news or weather happening, and you can safely take a picture, send it to us at pix@waff.com. For information on how to receive alerts from our Storm Team visit us online.

WAFF 48 News decided to do a little digging into the status of weather sirens in North Alabama. We found at least six that are not operational right now. Coming up tonight on WAFF 48 News at 5, we also tell you why if you are inside your home, you shouldn't rely on weather sirens to keep you safe. Jamel Lanee' tells you what Emergency Management officials say you should have to keep you weather aware.

A Jackson County husband and wife are dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide. It happened in the town of Section. Authorities say concerned co-workers prompted them to go to the couple's home where they found the two dead inside. Family members say Rhonda and Eugene Palmer were going through a divorce. Court records show Rhonda had taken out an order of protection against her husband but she recently moved back into the house in the last few months.

The woman charged with making a terrorist threat was in court today. Mary Lee Hudson is accused of mailing a threatening letter to a UNA faculty member last month. The letter contained white powder, prompting the evacuation of Stevens Hall and the decontamination of three faculty members. Hudson contends she sent the letter as a joke and that she didn't put white powder in the envelope.

Authorities want you to be on the lookout for an escaped inmate. Michael Reid escaped from The Decatur Work Release Center Sunday. This isn't the first time Reid has escaped. He escaped from another work release facility back in 2007 in Marion County. He was serving a 15 year sentence for burglary.

Have a great evening!

Kim Essex
WAFF 48 News Anchor

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