The National Weather Service in Birmingham has a issued Severe Thunderstorm Watch for our entire West Alabama listening area for Friday (June 17) until 7 PM.

Scattered strong to severe storms in the area will have the potential this afternoon to produce damaging winds gusting up to 70 MPH, along with hail up to golf ball size.

Here's the NWS released statement on the forecast:

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA FROM 1 PM UNTIL 7 PM. THE HIGHEST THREAT
WILL BE ALONG AND WEST OF I-65. THE MAIN THREATS WILL BE DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS NORTH
ALABAMA BY EARLY AFTERNOON AND THEN FORM INTO A LINE AND TRACK SOUTHWARD ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF CENTRAL ALABAMA DURING THE
AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS.

HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TODAY. HEAT INDICES WILL RANGE FROM 104 TO 109 DEGREES ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA THIS
AFTERNOON...EXCEPT LOWER VALUES IN THE NORTHEAST. THESE MAXIMUM HEAT INDICES WILL ONLY LAST FOR A FEW HOURS.

The forecast calms down tonight with a slight chance for a few lingering showers with a low of 71 in Tuscaloosa.