Click here for later updates on the storms as they continued moving east Wednesday morning

UPDATE 12:10 a.m.: Thunderstorm warning across much of southern Baldwin County. Heavy rains and significant winds.

UPDATE 12:05 a.m.: Damaging straight line wind moving into south Baldwin County.

UPDATE – 11:50 p.m.: Storm showing rotation near Atmore, Ala.

UPDATE – 11:26 p.m.: Storm that produced observed tornado is moving north of I-10 in Baldwin County; tornado warning canceled in Baldwin County. A severe thunderstorm warning is now in effect for parts of Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

UPDATE – 11:19 p.m.: Confirmed tornado in Robertsdale moving toward I-10, near Buc-Ee’s. Seek shelter if you are in its path.

UPDATE – 11:09 p.m.: Confirmed tornado in Summerdale moving toward Robertsdale. Seek shelter if you are in its path.

UPDATE – 10:59 p.m.: Storm moving toward Summerdale. Seek shelter if you are in its path.

UPDATE – 10:43 p.m.: Storm moving onshore outside Bon Secour. Seek shelter if you are between Foley and Bayside or near the Magnolia Springs community. Tornado watch extended into northwest Florida Counties, remains for Alabama Counties.

UPDATE – 10:37 p.m.: Tornado in south Baldwin County. Seek shelter.

UPDATE: – 10:36: Tornado warning in south Baldwin County.

UPDATE – 9:55 p.m. – Tornado warning in Baldwin County is canceled. A tornado watch is still in effect.

UPDATE – 9:34 p.m.: Tornado warning in effect for Eastern Shore in Baldwin County until 10:15 p.m.

UPDATE – 8:05 p.m.: Tornado watches are in place across much of our viewing areas. Greene and George Counties in Mississippi are under watches, as is Escambia County, Fla. and the following Alabama counties.

Alabama Counties under a tornado watch:

  • Mobile
  • Baldwin
  • Clarke
  • Monroe
  • Washington
  • Conecuh
  • Escambia

UPDATE – 7:26 p.m.: The tornado warning for Washington and Clarke Counties has expired. The severe thunderstorm warning for Mobile County is in effect until 8 p.m.

UPDATE – 7:13 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Mobile County. The storm is passing above the Mobile Regional Airport. If conditions worsen, a tornado warning may be issued.

UPDATE – 6:35 p.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for Washington and Clarke Counties in Alabama.

UPDATE – 5:59 p.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for a sliver of northwest Washington County.

UPDATE – 5:22 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for George and Greene Counties in Mississippi until 6 p.m. A tornado and winds up to 60 mph are possible. Try to stay off roads.

UPDATE – 4:20 p.m.: Tornado watches now cover our south Alabama Counties, plus Greene and George Counties in Mississippi and Escambia County, Fla.

Alabama Counties under a tornado watch:

  • Mobile
  • Baldwin
  • Clarke
  • Monroe
  • Washington
  • Conecuh
  • Escambia

Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) – Good morning, Gulf Coast! Today is a News 5 WEATHER AWARE DAY as severe weather is possible this afternoon through tonight.

TORNADO WATCH – In place for Greene County in MS, as well as Washington and Clarke Counties in Alabama until 7 p.m. This means the environment is favorable for severe storms capable of producing tornadoes.

TIMING – Most will stay dry this morning, but after lunch, scattered showers and storms may pop up out ahead of the main line of storms. This could become strong or severe with damaging winds, hail, and possible tornadoes. The main line of storms then comes through this evening starting around 6 pm and moving SLOWLY through our area not exiting until mid-morning Wednesday.

SPC RISK – A level 4 of 5 significant severe weather risk has been issued for Greene County in MS and parts of Washington and Clarke counties in AL meaning widespread severe storms are likely. The rest of the counties west of I-65 are under a level 3 of 5 risk meaning numerous severe storms are possible. Those east of I-65 are under a level 2 of 5 risk meaning scattered severe storms are possible.

THREATS – All threats for severe weather including damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes are all possible. Those west of I-65 have the potential to see a significant tornado or two (EF-2 or greater). Outside of thunderstorms, it will also be gusty with winds at 15-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Flash flooding is also a concern as storms will be slow moving.

MARINE THREATS – There is a Small Craft Advisory in place through Wednesday afternoon with winds of 25-30 kts and seas at 7-9 feet. There is also a high risk for rip currents through Thursday and a High Surf Advisory in place. Stay out of the water!

WHAT TO DO – Since much of this severe weather risk will be overnight, it is SUPER important to be sure you have multiple ways to get warnings that will wake you up, such as a NOAA Weather Radio. Do not rely on just your cell phone. Also be sure you stay on top of the weather forecast and have your safety plan ready to go.

WHAT IS NEXT? The severe weather threat will come to an end mid-morning Wednesday and we will clear out Thursday straight through the weekend. Highs will stay in the 70’s with lows in the 40’s.