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FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY issued for potentially strong-to-severe storms

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Wednesday is designated as a First Alert Weather Day as strong-to-severe storms are possible from afternoon hours into the evening. The primary threat from storms will be wind gusts of 50-65 mph as isolated tornadoes remain possible throughout the Valley, especially in northwestern Alabama. The higher potential for EF-1 to EF-3 tornadoes will be across northern Mississippi and western Tennessee. 

As we head into the late morning, strong storms will initiate to our west. These storms will quickly track northeast and could affect areas near the Shoals as early as 1 p.m. Additional storms will track in from the southwest with time into the evening hours. Storms will be moving quickly today, so take any warnings issued seriously. As the upper energy with this storm system begins to pull north of the Valley late this evening, storms should become less intense and the severe threat should diminish greatly between 9 p.m. and midnight. Heavy rain and non-severe wind gusts can be expected overnight.

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.

We will begin streaming radar and updates from our Storm Trackers once we get closer to the start of storm development in our area. You will see a link to our stream on the WAFF.com homepage once we begin coverage Wednesday. We'll also put out a notice on the 48 News Mobile App.

Stay with us on WAFF.com and on Facebook and on Twitter for updates - National Weather Service warnings will be posted to @waff48 and @48FirstAlertWx the moment they are issued.

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