Big hail, heavy rains pelt Deep South as storms move in

SEVERE WEATHER: Over 9000 reported without power

Now is the time to review your severe weather plan, and where you would go if a warning is issued for your area.

The National Weather Service is calling for thunderstorms, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes Wednesday. That shifts overnight, particularly during the early hours Thursday as storms move in.

A higher risk for heavy storms capable of creating tornadoes may stay more to the north and west, said Tim Barry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee.

Alabama is bracing for a barrage of potentially severe weather on Wednesday, with storms expected to bring gusty winds, large hail, torrential rains and the possibility for strong long-track tornadoes.

Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency and schools in SC planned to dismiss classes early Wednesday ahead of severe thunderstorms expected to move across the Southeast, bringing a threat of tornadoes and hail the size of baseballs. The timing for storms along I-75 will be between 6-8 p.m. with activity working into the heart of Eastern Kentucky by 8-10 p.m.

Another round of severe weather is expected Wednesday, April 5, beginning in the early morning hours and continuing through early afternoon.

The thunderstorms are likely to increase in coverage and intensity Thursday morning. A couple of tornadoes may be strong as high values of shear and instability combine to produce long-lived supercell thunderstorms.

"As a result, those areas affected by the strongest thunderstorms could receive structural damage, downed trees and subsequent power outages", according to the National Weather Service bulletin. As of now, the primary threat from these storms looks to be large hail and perhaps damaging winds. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.

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