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Thunderstorms are increasing in coverage and intensity across Alabama in a soupy, unstable summertime airmass.
Storms in the Montgomery area have become severe and there is still a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for part of DeKalb County.
The NWS Birmingham issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Elmore, Macon and Montgomery Counties till 4:30 PM CDT.
Storms are strongest over Northeast, South Central and West Central Alabama as you can see from this radar grab just before 3:40.
Additional strong storms are over Mississippi and will be entering Northwest Alabama soon.
Other storms are in the Birmingham area right now, but they are not especially heavy.
This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.
WUUS54 KBMX 082038
BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
338 PM CDT FRI AUG 8 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
* UNTIL 430 PM CDT
* AT 338 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR AUBURN UNIVERSITY IN
MONTGOMERY…OR 6 MILES EAST OF MONTGOMERY…AND MOVING EAST AT 15
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MOUNT MEIGS…EMERALD MOUNTAIN…WAUGH…TYSONVILLE…
VICTORYLAND…SHORTER…BRASSELL AND WARE.
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 4 THROUGH 22…
WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.
FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.
TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX
LAT…LON 3259 8597 3234 8587 3229 8623 3243 8629
TIME…MOT…LOC 2038Z 252DEG 12KT 3238 8617
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BIG STORMS FOR SOME YESTERDAY: A number of Alabama communities saw big summer storms late yesterday, on what will probably be the hottest day of the summer for our state. A flash flood warning was needed for parts of Marshall County, and there was extensive tree and power line damage north of Gadsden atop Lookout Mountain, and on Sand Mountain near Boaz and Albertville due to wet microbursts.
THE DAYS AHEAD: A wavy, zonal flow will bring a series of waves into Alabama through early next week, meaning scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis. The sky will be occasionally cloudy, and while the best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t totally rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs will drop into the 88-92 degree range through Sunday, considerably lower than the 99 degree high we saw in Birmingham yesterday.
For those planning outdoor events this weekend, due to the scattered nature of summer storms there is no way to tell you the exact start/stop times for rain at any given location, just be prepared for a shower or storm at any time. And, like yesterday, the storms will be pretty strong with potential for localized flooding and lots of lightning. But, the sun will be out at times, and the rain won’t be continuous.
We all know rain distribution in summer is not even, but on an average basis many Alabama communities will see two inches of rain between now and Wednesday.
LATE NEXT WEEK: The GFS is hinting that another summer “cold front” will move down into South Alabama, with potential for lower humidity and cooler nights for North Alabama by Thursday and Friday. We will have to wait and see on that idea. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.
GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through early next week along the Gulf Coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with the usual risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs will remain in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 86 degrees.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, but the Pacific is rocking and rolling. Iselle continues to weaken, and moved into the Big Island of Hawaii this morning as a tropical storm. Flooding remains the primary threat with this system…
And, to the east, Hurricane Julio will pass north of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend as it weakens. Again, see all the maps on the Weather Xtreme video.
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Heavy thunderstorms are over Northeast Alabama tonight. They are dumping torrential rains, producing intense lightning and gusty winds.
They are heaviest over Etowah County, with more heavy rain extending into Marshall and Calhoun Counties. Intense rains are falling just northeast of Gadsden. There may even be some hail there.
A flash flood warning was just issued for parts of Marshall County around Albertville and Boaz.
Everything is moving northeast.
Other showers and storms are over the southern portion of WEst central Alabama down around Demoplis and Thomaston and Pine Hill.