Deadly weather takes aim at Alabama, four killed in other states
A storm system forecast to bring severe weather to Alabama has already killed four people in other states.
Reports are three people died in northern Louisiana late Friday and early Saturday and the bad weather killed another in Texas.
In addition to those fatalities, several homes have been destroyed or heavily damaged during tornadoes in Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana and other states.
This potent weather system is expected to move across Alabama Saturday, bringing with it a chance of severe storms and tornadoes.
Weather forecasters say the best chance will occur later in the day even though high winds are projected to arrive ahead of the worst weather.
In Dothan, a shelter will open at 2 pm Saturday for those seeking a safe place to stay. That shelter is at the Salvation Army, 1002 South Bell Street.
"This safe haven will be open only until the storm passes over the county. Do not attempt to come to the safe haven during the storm. Please bring all necessary supplies for your stay such as chairs, linen, food, entertainment, etc.," per a statement from Wiregrass 2-1-1.
Chief Meteorologist David Paul and the WTVY weather team are monitoring the system and, if necessary, will provide storm coverage on air and online.