This is a WEATHRE ALERT DAY for the Gulf Coast.

OVERVIEW: We are tracking a system that will be moving into our area bringing a line of showers and storms that could be strong or severe this afternoon.

ALERTS: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is in effect for parts of the Gulf Coast.

THREATS: The main threat today will be damaging wind, but we cannot rule out some hail and a brief tornado as well. You can also expect heavy rain and lots of lightning in these storms.

TIMING: Timing looks to be after lunch with some pop up storms possible along the coast, but the main line of storms looks to enter our area early this afternoon and exit around 7 PM. The rain will move out around 8-9 PM.

WHAT TO DO: Be sure you stay on top of the weather forecast and have two ways to get warnings. One can be your cell phone, but be sure to have a backup such as a NOAA weather radio as well.

THE WEEKEND: The front that will bring the storms this afternoon will stall over our area this weekend. This will bring a couple waves of scattered showers and storms Saturday. We will see overall less rain coverage Sunday at 40%. While organized severe weather is not expected, a strong storm or two cannot be ruled out. Next week brings more heat and smaller rain chances.