Update: A tornado watch was issued for the northeast portion of Alabama, including Lee and Russell counties, and the northwest portion of Georgia, including Muscogee, Harris and Chattahoochee counties, until 9 p.m.
6 a.m.: Area residents might want to take their raincoats and umbrellas with them as they venture out this first day of October, and stay tuned for tornado alerts as the drizzly morning weather could turn stormy this afternoon.
Tornado warnings were issued in south Alabama this morning as low pressure to the West channeled moisture from the Gulf of Mexico northward along a warm front moving eastward.
This will keep widespread showers and a few thunderstorms over the region through tonight,” reports the National Weather Service. “The primary hazards from the severe storms will be isolated tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. The best time for severe storms to form will be this afternoon and into tonight. The main threat will be across west Georgia this afternoon and across the entire area this evening.”
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Here’s the forecast through the first week of October:
Showers likely today, high near 80, south wind 5 to 15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph, change of precipitation 70 percent, rainfall amounts from a quarter to half an inch. A 40-percent chance of rain tonight, low 67, south wind 10 mph, gusting up to 20 mph.
A 10 percent chance of rain before 8 a.m. Tuesday, mostly cloudy, high 79, south wind 5-10 mph, gusting up to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy Tuesday night, low 58, southwest wind 5 mph.
Mostly sunny Wednesday, high 82; Partly cloudy, low 59 that night.
Mostly sunny Thursday, high 85; clear, low 62 that night.
Sunny Friday, high 86; clear Friday night, low 60.
Sunny Saturday, high 84; partly cloudy, low 61 that night.
A 20 percent chance of rain Sunday, partly sunny, high 81.