- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on severe weather in Alabama (all times local):

6 p.m.

Local officials are reporting homes damaged and minor injuries after a suspected tornado struck near the rural city of Aliceville in western Alabama.

Belinda Tilley, Aliceville’s emergency 911 director, said Tuesday evening that a powerful storm also downed trees and power lines, blocking some roads in the community.

Portions of Pickens, Lamar and Fayette counties remained under tornado warnings as the storm system moved northeast at 40 mph.


5:35 p.m.

The National Weather Service is reporting significant structure damage after a suspected tornado struck in rural western Alabama.

Forecasters said structure damage has been reported near Aliceville, which is roughly 45 miles west of Tuscaloosa.

Officials said the storm appeared to be moving northeast toward Reform and Fayette County.

National Weather Service officials said in a tornado warning that they expect the winds powerful enough to destroy mobile homes and cause significant damage to other buildings.


5 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado emergency for the western Alabama city of Carrollton.

The weather service reported just before 5 p.m. Tuesday that a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” was entering the city at 45 mph.

A tornado warning was in effect until 5:30 p.m. for central Pickens County. Tornado warnings were also issued for Tuscaloosa, Fayette and Lamar counties.


8:20 a.m.

The National Weather Service says much of Alabama is in store for a round of bad weather.

Forecasters say northern and western Alabama are at risk Tuesday for severe storms that could bring tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and heavy rain.

The threat of severe weather is greatest in the northwestern half of the state in an area that includes Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and all of the Tennessee Valley.

The weather service says that region is at high risk for damaging winds blowing to 70 mph. There’s also a moderate risk for tornadoes.

There’s a reduced chance of strong storms in southern and southeastern Alabama.

The potential bad weather is linked to a system reaching from the Gulf Coast nearly to the Great Lakes.

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