We have a oonfirmed very damaging tornado moving into Marion County. Everyone in the path and points upstream, be watching this or if in the polygon, go to a safe place, basement if you have one. If no basement, then a small central room on the lowest floor of a sturdy house, not a mobile home. And cover your head.
11:01 PM - Separate tornado warning further North includes Athens. Both are dangerous, but the one coming for Hackleburg is REALLY dangerous.
That tornado is nearly to Smithville, MS. I feel awful for these people, they have been hit before. Take shelter immediately if you are in the path of this, and take the best shelter you can. This is probably a violent tornado. It is hard to know at night, but based on radar and its history of damage, DO NOT FOOL AROUND WITH THIS.
11:07 - Forget everything else but protecting life if in the path of this tornado moving toward Hamilton or will probably pass just North of there. That velocity signature is about as bad as it gets. And this storm has a history of really bad damage. So take a deep breath or two and do what you need to do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Do not take chances with this, shelter now. Important to shelter for the Northern storm heading for Athens too. But the tornado further south going into Marion County is extra dangerous.
This is moving from Smithville toward Northern Hamilton and Hackleburg. Just to be safe, everybody in Hamilton go ahead and be sheltered, stay there in your safe spot, and have protection for your head, until this storm has passed. This is at night, and one of the worst tornado signatures you'll ever see on radar, also a history of severe damage. This storm tore up Western Mississippi and is a long-lived supercell. This is a case where you need to take every precaution you can and especially if you have kids, protection for the head, ideally a helmet, but whatever you have, like a pillow or cushion.
11:14 - Severe thunderstorm winds being warned for, extending all the way into Madison County further North. But for now, I am mainly watching the tornado moving into Marion County. You DON'T fool around with a long-track tornadic supercell like this - no way. The other stuff is dangerous, but this is the most dangerous, the Marion County storm.
11:16 - This tornado is moving into Marion County and was just confirmed again as a large, damaging tornado in Amory, MS. Take shelter and stay there if anywhere in this warning polygon. Take this very, very seriously. Try to stay calm and just do the right things to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Still got a possible tornado further north aiming for places like Elkmont, Rogersville, Athens.
If you are upstream in places like Phil Campbell, might go ahead and consider getting to your shelter, or be ready to do so if/when the warning is extended to you. This is a dangerous confirmed tornado. Stay calm and clear-headed, don't want anyone panicking, I know it brings up really bad memories this path of a bad tornado, but you HAVE to keep your head clear, stay calm enough to focus and GET TO A SAFE SHELTER. In the path of this tornado.
I have a loved one in this general path, and I made sure they knew. Please "be the hero" if you need to, and let people know this tornado (with a 100-mile track already) is coming.
11:24 - Great news on the person I know, she has said she had to leave to go to a shelter and is safe now. The storm appears to be going through a weakening phase, but don't count on that, because it has done that several times. And these supercells can cycle back up quick. This has a history of producing very significant tornado damage across Mississippi for about 100 miles.
Also be aware that damaging winds are happening along this squall line that is forming. But focusing on this supercell with a history of producing a really bad tornado. Looks like a tornado is still there, so this is at night, you won't see it, may not hear it beforehand, just shelter and stay there until you are sure the danger is over. Because this is way too dangerous to take any silly chances with. Be in a safe place - PLEASE.
WFUS54 KBMX 250352
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
1052 PM CDT Fri Mar 24 2023
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a
* Tornado Warning for...
Northern Marion County in northwestern Alabama...
* Until 1145 PM CDT.
* At 1052 PM CDT, a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado
was located over Amory, moving northeast at 60 mph.
This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. TAKE COVER NOW!
SOURCE...Radar confirmed tornado.
IMPACT...You are in a life-threatening situation. Flying debris
may be deadly to those caught without shelter. Mobile
homes will be destroyed. Considerable damage to homes,
businesses, and vehicles is likely and complete
destruction is possible.
* Locations impacted include...
Hamilton, Hackleburg, Weston, Bear Creek, Tessner, Byrd, Bexar,
Pigeye, Shottsville and Upper Bear Creek Reservoir.
To repeat, a large, extremely dangerous and potentially deadly
tornado is on the ground. To protect your life, TAKE COVER NOW! Move
to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy
building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in
a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect
yourself from flying debris.
LAT...LON 3430 8763 3406 8817 3406 8821 3428 8818
TIME...MOT...LOC 0352Z 238DEG 53KT 3398 8853
TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...CONSIDERABLE
MAX HAIL SIZE...<.75 IN