Nov. 29—The National Weather Service in Huntsville said the Valley could see quarter-size to golf-ball size hail in the first wave of a storm system moving in between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. today with a second wave of storms bringing an increased chance of tornadic activity into the area by 7 p.m.
"Lawrence, Morgan and Limestone counties now have a higher chance of tornadic activity from the super cells forming, and parts of central Mississippi are under the gun right now," Chelly Amin, NWS meteorologist, said this morning.
"Everyone needs to stay weather aware and have a backup to a backup for getting weather updates," Amin said.
Brandy Davis, Morgan County Emergency Management Agency director, urged area residents to take precautions and don't be fooled by the first wave.
"We are expecting increased severe weather and a greater chance of tornadoes in the second wave," she said. "This system is moving in quicker than expected and it can change just as quick. I shouldn't be surprised. In the South, severe weather season is never really over."
She said the first series of storms should move through by sunset.
She said Morgan's storm shelters will open once a tornado watch has been issued. She said the county's EMA website morgancoema.com can direct residents to their nearest shelter.
The National Weather Service said the fall severe weather season runs from early November to mid-December.
Today marks the sixth anniversary when an EF3 tornado and its 140 mph winds tore through the Neel community in Morgan County destroying eight homes and severely damaging the Neel Volunteer Fire Station.
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