- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A storm crossing the Southeast hammered many areas of Alabama with high wind and heavy rain, prompting weather advisories to be issued throughout the state.

South Alabama is under a tornado watch because of the threat of storms moving across the Gulf Coast. The National Weather Service also issued flash flood warnings near Huntsville, Birmingham and an area of west Alabama south of Hamilton. A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued in the Montgomery area.

Forecasters say storms could dump about 5 inches of rain in southeast Alabama, and forecasters say some areas could receive even heavier downpours.

Forecasters have said that heavy rain will saturate the ground, and the greatest threat of flooding will likely be Tuesday night along and south of the Interstate 85 corridor.

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