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Storms bring heavy rain; Air show will go on Sunday

Organizers canceled Saturday’s Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show because of thunderstorms and severe weather.

A tornado warning was briefly issued around 12:45 p.m. Saturday, right when air show performances were scheduled, and heavy rains settled in for the rest of the afternoon.

The tornado warning was quickly lifted and no damage was reported. Much of central Alabama remained under a flash flood watch Saturday night as rain was expected to continue. Forecasters said some areas could receive up to 4 inches of rain.

The rain was expected to be gone by Sunday and the second day of the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show will go on as scheduled. Partly sunny skies and cooler temperatures, with highs struggling to reach 60 degrees, are expected for Sunday’s air show.

Organizers held out hope for squeezing in the air show before the inclement weather arrived, but instead announced early Saturday morning the show would not go on.

“We were hopeful for a beautiful day. You spoke and we listened,” said the cancellation announcement made to social media around 8 a.m. “Get ready for an awesome show Sunday.”

The announcement said tickets purchased for Saturday’s show will be honored at Sunday’s show. Tickets can still be purchased at www.tuscaloosaregionalairshow.com. Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children.

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