A series of weather alerts have been issued in western Florida Panhandle, Alabama and Coastal waters, warning residents of torrential rain, strong winds and isolated tornadoes.
The National Weather Service (NOAA) has defined the area of tornado watch as approximately 75 statute miles east and west of a line from 10 miles southeast of Pensacola Florida, to 25 miles east and north east of Birmingham,Ala.
Remember a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statement and possible warnings, the NOAA said in a statement.
The weather warning comes after powerful thunderstorms and a few tornadoes hit north eastern Texas on Wednesday. The storms have since moved towards southeastern Louisiana and into Alabama.
It's been an unfortunate week for Alabama, whose governor declared a state of emergency on Monday, after tornadoes thundered into the area, killing two people and injuring hundreds.
Search and rescue teams have been combing through hard-hit areas, which have major damage, Bob Ammons of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency official told Reuters.
Mobile, Ala. was hit with heavy rain on Thursday afternoon and a tornado was reported in Uniontown, Ala., according to Accuweather.com.
The strongest of the storms through the early evening hours will affect eastern Alabama, western Georgia and the western part of the Florida Panhandle. Cities in the path of potentially violent thunderstorms include Atlanta, Columbus and Macon in Georgia as well as Panama City and Tallahassee in Florida, Accuweather.com reported.
The latest status report from NOAA has placed severe weather warnings in the following areas:
Alabama counties including:
Barbour, Coffee, Henry, Macon, Tallapoosa, Bullock, Dale, Houston, Pike, Chambers, Geneva, Lee and Russell.
Florida Counties including:
Bay, Holmes, Washington, Calhoun, Jackson, Gulf and Walon.
Adjacent coastal waters included run from Apalachicola to Destin, Fl.
NOAA urges residents to watch for country notification statements for official weather status updates.