Strong wind still on the way; tornado threat lessens
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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Severe thunderstorms and damaging winds could reach Calhoun County by 4 a.m. Sunday, meteorologists say.

Jessica Chace, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Calera, said a strong storm front crossing the state will hit the area between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Chace said the storm could generate winds strong enough to damage trees and telephone lines. She added that the threat of tornadoes remains, but not as much as what the NWS had predicted Friday.

“The threat of tornadoes will get weaker as the front moves farther east, but we can’t rule out the possibility of tornadoes,” Chace said. “But the main threat will be damaging, straight line winds.”

Chace added that heavy rain could accompany the storm.

“There will be some locally heavy rainfall that might impact some low-lying areas and cause minor drainage problems,” Chace said. “But the threat of any flash flooding is low.”

The heavy rainfall is expected to end by late Sunday afternoon, Chace said.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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