Severe weather potential increases into Tuesday night

Published 2:11 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Weather forecasts are still calling for very unsettled weather Tuesday evening into the overnight hours.

Officials with AccuWeather say the storms expected in South Alabama and Northwest Florida overnight have already caused a lot of damage.

The severe weather outbreak will pose a significant risk to lives and property through the middle of the week with the peak of dangerous conditions on Tuesday and Tuesday night.

“This setup has the potential to produce strong and long-lived tornadoes, some of which can occur at night,” AccuWeather Senior On-Air Meteorologist Michelle Rotella said. Forecasters say people are urged to closely monitor the situation and have a way to receive weather alerts throughout the day and night.

Tornadoes began to touch ground in Texas Monday at 3:41 p.m. CDT, with major structural damage reported by first responders in the city of Jacksboro, Texas, 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Buildings hit by the tornado in Jacksboro included the local high school and elementary school, with no injuries reported at either location.

Earlier on Tuesday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a statement calling for residents across the state to be prepared ahead of the approaching storm. Citing information from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Ivey urged caution in the coming hours.

“Folks, we’re anticipating another bout of severe weather this evening going into tomorrow morning,” Ivey said. “Please make sure you have multiple ways of receiving reliable weather alerts. Nighttime storms can be even more dangerous, so stay weather aware.”

On Monday, Escambia County EMA Director David Adams also urged residents to make sure to have a way to receive weather alerts throughout the extended time the storm is expected in the area.

Adams said the NOAA Weather Radio transmitter for Escambia County in Brewton is still out of service. Please be sure to monitor other sources for warnings and updates.

One way to receive local alerts is by having RedZone Weather app downloaded to your mobile device. Local meteorologist Spinks Megginson has made a commitment through his weather sources to keep area residents informed.

Many updates will be posted over the next 24-36 hours in the RedZone Weather app. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Be sure to visit the Alerts tab (bottom right corner) and tap the large, yellow “Alert Settings” button to customize the alerts you’d like to receive from me. If you like a lot of info, be sure to toggle ON Low-Level Alerts.