- Associated Press - Monday, February 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Forecasters say they expect severe weather as a storm system moves into Alabama, especially in southern parts of the state where tornadoes could strike.

The National Weather Service says a large part of the state — including Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Auburn and Tuscaloosa — will be under an “elevated” threat from storms late Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday morning.

The weather service said the elevated threat area, which extends south from Birmingham’s northern suburbs, could see tornadoes, winds of up to 70 mph, and quarter-sized hail.

Forecasters say the best chances for severe weather will be in Alabama’s southern counties.

Forecasters say strong to severe storms will be possible as early as 4 p.m. Tuesday in western Alabama until around 4 a.m. Wednesday in eastern parts of the state.

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