Forecasters say strong storms expected across Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Another strong storm system is expected to push its way into Alabama.

National Weather Service forecasters say hazardous weather is likely across central and southern counties Thursday.

The storms may produce heavy rain, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, hail and strong wind gusts.

Meantime, Alabama Power Company said it has opened spillway gates at six Coosa River dams - Weiss, Logan, Martin, Lay, Mitchell and Jordan lakes. Another gate at Neely Henry lake will be opened later Thursday.

Residents are urged to listen to media outlets and National Weather Service radio for possible watches and warnings.

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