According to the National Weather Service in Huntsville, a vigorous line of strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to move eastward across the Tennessee Valley Saturday. Damaging winds near 70 mph, tornadoes and heavy downpours will be possible with this line of thunderstorms.

Meteorologist Jason Simpson, of WHNT in Huntsville, said all of North Alabama has a chance of damaging winds and possible tornadoes from the late morning through early evening Saturday.

“There are really three threats in play here: strong winds, severe storms and flooding,” said Simpson.

In addition to the thunderstorm threat, windy conditions are expected on Saturday. Southerly winds around 15-25 mph, with gusts near 40 mph will be possible, especially in the higher terrain.

What should you expect Saturday?

Simpson said to expect:

• Strong, gusty winds outside of the risk of severe weather: 50 mph+ gusts possible even with no storms in the area. (power outages, tree damage, patio furniture/garbage cans moved).

• Heavy rainfall: around 1-2” on average, a few spots could go higher creating some potential for flooding.

• Severe storms could produce intense wind gusts (70-80 mph+), hail and tornadoes.

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