The National Weather Service (NWS) is monitoring a system expected to impact Alabama this week. Along with storms, forecasters believe localized flooding could be an issue Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thunderstorms are expected to move into Alabama on Tuesday morning, but there will also be a chance of storms in the afternoon.

The threat could be severe, with damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall. Tornadoes are possible.

On Wednesday, strong to severe storms are expected to bring damaging wind gusts, large hail and the threat of tornadoes. The NWS predicts much of Alabama will be threatened by the storms. 

Damaging winds of up to 60 mph and large hail are possible on Tuesday as early as 4 a.m. for some parts of the state, and an even higher risk of severe weather will enter the state again late morning Wednesday, continuing into the evening hours.

The forecast is expected to be updated to provide more accurate times as meteorologists learn more.

It is always important to stay weather-aware and prepare for the potential threat of severe weather. Have a weather radio handy, and be sure to have multiple ways to receive alerts. You can download a weather app and watch local television coverage of storm events anytime a tornado warning is issued.

Have a weather safety plan that includes a sturdy building and an interior room with no windows or a basement. Also have a helmet to protect your head in the case of falling debris, and experts recommend having a whistle so that first responders can locate you if you become trapped in debris.

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