SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The National Weather Service in Birmimgham has issued a Hazardous Weather Alert for 39 Alabama counties in its service area.

On Tuesday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of severe weather statewide on Wednesday. Area county and city Schools are closed.

Severe thunderstorms could affect all of Central Alabama through this evening with the possibility of two or three waves of scattered storms. Destructive and long-track tornadoes will be possible, along with hail up to the size of baseballs, and damaging straight-line winds. These threats will encompass all of Central Alabama with the greatest threat area along and east of a line from Blountsville to West Blocton to Uniontown.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected mainly after 4:00 p.m., followed by a slight chance of late evening showers.

For updates, check SylacaugaNews.com, and listen to 98.3 Fox FM, Yea!106.5, or WYEA!1290. Have battery-powered radios and flashlights available, and keep portable devices charged, in the event of possible power disruptions. Park vehicles in sheltered areas if possible and not under trees.

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Additional information is available from the National Weather Service.