Forecasters predicting messy Christmas weather

Published 11:02 am Monday, December 24, 2012

According to information released by The Weather Channel, a severe weather outbreak may begin before sunrise Christmas morning in east and southeast Texas into Louisiana — an outbreak that could have an impact in the Brewton area through the day and into the evening on Christmas day.

The severe storm threat spreads east along the Gulf Coast, taking in the lower Mississippi Valley by midday and as far east as Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle by afternoon.  Tornadoes, damaging winds of 60 to 80 mph, and large hail are all threats in these areas. Straight line winds are also expected to be possible during the same time period.

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Tuesday night:  A squall line is expected to push east across Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle during the night with high winds and at least a few rain-wrapped tornadoes possible.