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A cold front pushing through the Wiregrass area Thursday could bring the threat for stormy weather with damaging straight-line winds.

The potential weather was expected to arrive late Wednesday. However, the storm’s slower arrival places a threat of strong-to-severe storms after sunrise Thursday for a larger portion of the region.

According to the Dothan/Houston County Emergency Management Agency, the cold front is expected to move into the far western portion of southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle counties late Wednesday and early Thursday. Due to the lack of instability, expect the line to generally be on a weakening trend during this period of time. The timing of the front has slowed a bit and it now is forecast to move through the remainder of the region Thursday morning and afternoon. This will provide a more favorable environment, and the EMA expects the line of storms to restrengthen.

The primary threat will be gusty to damaging straight-line winds.

If the storm turns severe, weather sirens will be activated. Chris Judah, Dothan/Houston County EMA director, said that that sirens are used to alert people outside their homes to severe weather. Those who hear the sirens should seek shelter and turn to local media for updates.

More information is available at www.dothan houstoncountyema.org.

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