The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for our area.

A Tropical Storm Watch means Tropical storm wind conditions are possible somewhere within this area and within the next 48 hours

* WEST ALABAMA COUNTIES AFFECTED
Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Sumter, Perry, Marengo, Hale, Greene, Jefferson, Dallas, Choctaw

* WIND
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind
- Peak Wind Forecast: 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph

- CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Moderate
- Emergency plans should include a reasonable threat for
strong tropical storm force wind of 58 to 73 mph.
- To be safe, earnestly prepare for the potential of
significant wind impacts. Remaining efforts to secure
properties should now be brought to completion.
- Dangerous wind is possible. Failure to adequately shelter
may result in injury. Move to safe shelter before the wind
becomes hazardous.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

* FLOODING RAIN
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
- Peak Rainfall Amounts: 1-3 inches, with locally higher
amounts

- CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Elevated
- Emergency plans should include a reasonable threat for
minor flooding where peak rainfall totals are near amounts
conducive for localized flash flooding and rapid inundation.
- To be safe, prepare for the potential of limited flooding
rain impacts.
- Localized flooding is possible. If flood related watches
and warnings are issued, heed recommended actions.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited

* TORNADO
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
- Situation is unfavorable for tornadoes

- CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: None
- Emergency plans need not include a threat for tornadoes.
Showers and thunderstorms with strong gusty winds may still
occur.
- Little to no preparations needed to guard against tropical
tornadoes.
- Ensure readiness for the next tropical tornado event.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- http://ready.gov/hurricanes