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WATCH ON WAFF: Cooler temperatures, rain expected in the Valley; Man accused of holding people hostage in pharmacy expected in court

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Showers and thunderstorms expected throughout the day

There is a 50% chance of rain today in the Valley and the high is expected to reach about 88 degrees.

A few pop-up storms moved across northwest Alabama last night, and areas like Athens received some of the stronger winds and hail. Athens Utilities is working to restore power in Elkmont this morning.

The 48 Storm Team says isolated thunderstorms will be ongoing this morning and we could see some additional showers and storms throughout the day. The storms aren't expected to be strong despite frequent lightning and gusty winds. They should fade out by sunset.

Man accused of holding people hostage in pharmacy expected in court

A man accused of holding people hostage while robbing a pharmacy in Franklin County will be in court today. 

Christopher Trail will have a preliminary hearing today. The judge will listen to the evidence prosecutors have and then decide whether or not to send the case to a grand jury.

Police say he took five employees hostage, including the pharmacist, and demanded drugs. The pharmacist was able to convince Trail to let her co-workers go and she later managed to escape once he passed out from taking the drugs.

Trail is also charged with theft and criminal mischief. Police believe he broke into a home and stole the gun he used in the robbery. He then went to the hospital for treatment of a drug overdose.

His preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m.

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