Tornado Watch Issued for Southwest Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Some bad weather is headed toward Alabama. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the southwestern part of the state until 4 p.m. today.

The watch area is mostly north of the heavily populated areas of Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Forecasters say twisters, hail, lightning and wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour are possible. Some areas could get up to four inches of rain.

Despite the forecast, there's no sign the drought is getting any better in Alabama.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released its weekly survey today. It shows virtually no change in the arid conditions in the state.

The data shows 49 percent of Alabama in the most severe drought classification. Only the coastal regions of southwest Alabama aren't experiencing some form of drought.

The drought map is virtually unchanged since last week.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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