The Birmingham National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for southern Alabama, including Auburn and Lee County.
The watch will remain valid until 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
Isolated hail up to tennis ball size, wind gusts up to 75 mph and several strong tornadoes are possible, according to the NWS. The watch area covers more than 4 million people, 1021 schools and 101 hospitals.
Severe weather is possible in the Auburn area between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to the NWS. Auburn is included in a "significant threat area."
With strong tornadoes possible, many apartment complexes and all mobile homes will not be safe. The University will open Greene Hall and RBD Library as storm shelters if needed.
Tornado WATCH issued for Auburn area until 3:00 am CT. Greene Hall & RBD Library open if needed.— AU Emergency Mgmt (@AUEmergencyMgmt) January 22, 2017
Be ready to seek shelter if warning issued.