(WDHN) — The TORNADO WATCH that had been in effect Saturday afternoon has been cancelled by the National Weather Service.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – The Storm Prediction Center has issued a TORNADO WATCH for a portion of the Wiregrass through 8:00pm Saturday evening.
The TORNADO WATCH includes: Houston, Geneva, Coffee, Dale, Pike, Henry, and Barbour Counties.
Widespread severe weather is not anticipated, but as the remnants of what was once Hurricane Delta swirls over northern Mississippi, conditions are somewhat favorable for brief, spin-up tornadoes in southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northwest Florida.
WDHN’s First Alert STORM TEAM meteorologists are monitoring radar trends carefully. Any tornado that were to occur would likely be weak and brief, but it could cause damage on a localized, small-scale.
Typically, in these types of situations, spin-up tornadoes can develop quickly and dissipate just as fast. If a tornado warning is issued for your specific area, it will be important to take shelter without delay.
A few damaging wind gusts are also possible in some of the thunderstorms that develop through the afternoon and evening hours.
It is important to understand watch/warning terminology:
A Tornado “Watch” means conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado, but it does not mean one is occurring at that particular moment.
If a Tornado “Warning” is issued, it means those living in the warned area should take immediate precautions and a tornado may be occurring.
Otherwise, locally heavy rainfall may also occur for a few hours as a slow-moving feeder band moves eastward across the region.
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WDHN Chief Meteorologist Ted King and Meteorologist Matthew Wine will have updates on-air and on WDHN’s Facebook page, as needed.