Storm brings tornado threat to west Ala.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning Sunday afternoon for Greene, Hale and Sumter counties in west Alabama and later expanded it to include suburban Birmingham.

A funnel cloud was reported to NWS at 1:44 p.m. Sunday near
Helena in Shelby County, moving northeast at 35 mph. No immediate
damage was reported.

A severe thunderstorm watch also covered Bibb, Chilton, Fayette,
Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa
and Walker.

The weather service reported a chance of severe thunderstorms
along and north of Interstate 20 and across most of central Alabama
into Sunday night, with conditions improving by midnight.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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