The last days of 2021 will be met with severe storms across the state of Alabama. Here’s what you need to know and how to prepare.
Wednesday, December 29
- Expect: Temperatures in the low 70s to 80s with strong-to-severe storms with damaging winds up to 60mph and small threat for tornadoes and hail continuing throughout the night.
- Affected Areas: Northwest and Central Alabama
Thursday, December 30
- Expect: Temperatures in the 70s with showers and storms lasting throughout the afternoon and night.
- Affected Areas: South and Southeastern portions of Central Alabama from Marion to Talladega Springs and Heflin.
Friday, December 31
- Expect: Temperatures in the low 70s and 80s with severe storms and isolated damaging wind gusts up to 60mph.
- Affected Areas: Central Alabama
Saturday, January 1
- Expect: Temperatures in the 70s with damaging winds up to 60 mph, large hail and tornadoes.
- Affected Areas: Nearly all of North/Central Alabama
- Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you’re at risk for tornadoes. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings. Check the Weather-Ready Nation for tips.
- Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warnings. Some communities have outdoor sirens. Others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents of severe storms capable of producing tornadoes.
- Create a Communication Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information. If you live in a mobile home or home without a basement, identify a nearby safe building you can get too quickly, such as a church or family member.
- Pick a safe room: This includes a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Find more ideas for your family plan.
- Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go there when tornado warnings are issued. Don’t forget pets if time allows.
- Prepare Your Home: Consider having your safe room reinforced. You can find plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.
- Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for the possibility of tornadoes. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt.