The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 14, 2012

Limestone County under wind advisory until 7 p.m.


For The News Courier

— The National Weather Service has placed counties in North Alabama, including Limestone, under a wind advisory until 7 p.m. tonight.

The NWS said winds at the surface will increase during the afternoon hours, with sustained winds from 15 to 30 mph and gusts from 35 to 40 mph. The impact of the winds will make operation of high-profile vehicles difficult at times.

Loose lawn furniture and garbage cans may also be blown around. Boaters may also experience strong wave action on area lakes.

The wind advisory comes ahead of a cold front that will sweep through north and central Alabama this afternoon through late tonight, bringing widespread storms to the area. Some storms may become severe, with the greatest threat being straight-line winds and a slight possibility of a small, spin-up tornado.

Showers and storms are expected to exit the state by Monday afternoon, bringing a return of partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the low-to-mid-70s.