(WAFF) - FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY
Wednesday is designated as a First Alert Weather Day due to the potential for strong-to-severe storms making their way towards the Tennessee Valley. The greatest area of concern for strong tornadoes will be over northern Mississippi, western Tennessee and extreme NW Alabama (The Shoals). It is looking like we will see severe storms develop over NE Mississippi around 1 p.m. Wednesday. They will track to the Northeast at 50-60 mph. These storms will be capable of damaging straight line winds in excess of 65 mph, large hail and tornadoes. Between 2-3 p.m., the storms in MS could cross into NW Alabama and produce severe weather. The maximum threat for the Shoals is between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The maximum threat for the Huntsville Metro area is between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. The maximum threat for Sand Mountain and NE Alabama is between 5 p.m. and 12 a.m.
Local storm shelters opening doors
Several local storm shelters will be opening their doors ahead of Wednesday's severe weather threat. For a full list of operating shelters, click here. Also be aware that the tornado siren in Limestone County is not functioning and may not sound if a tornado warning is issued in that area.
We'll be updating you with the newest information on this severe weather threat all morning and all day long. If you are able to safely take pictures or video of the storm, or any damage you come across today, remember you can send those to us using #WAFFpix, email@example.com, pix.waff.com or upload them through our news and weather apps.