Weather

A Few Scattered Storms This Afternoon

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 15:28

RADAR CHECK: Scattered storms have formed across Alabama this afternoon… as is usually the case on a summer day, they are random, and pretty widely spaced.

Heavier storms are producing lots of lightning and gusty winds, and they are moving southeast. SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk for much of Central and South Alabama through the evening hours.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The upper high, today centered west of the state, will strengthen and build eastward. This means increasing heat levels as the weekend approaches. Expect hot, hazy days, fair nights, and a handful of thunderstorms each afternoon during the peak of the heat in isolated spots. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 90s tomorrow, upper 90s Friday, and a chance we see 100 degrees in a number of locations Saturday afternoon.

Today is the 9th consecutive day with a high of 90 degrees or higher (for Birmingham), and so far the hottest temperature this summer is 97, measured on June 22 and June 23. A good chance we beat that by Friday, and our 90 degree streak will most likely last through the rest of July. We are getting into the hottest part of summer in Alabama, climatologically speaking, late July into early August.

NEXT WEEK: We continue to see signs the heat ridge will weaken a bit next week, meaning lower heat levels, and a higher coverage of afternoon storms by Tuesday and Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Everything looks good through next week on the Gulf Coast from Gulf Shores east to Panama City Beach; mostly sunny days, fair nights, and just the occasional passing summer storm. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet; over in the eastern Pacific Hurricane Delores is packing sustained winds of 135 mph west of the coast of Mexico, but it is no threat to land, and will weaken over colder weather late this week as it gains latitude.

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Concerning Last Night…

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:03

Some thoughts about the fast moving line of thunderstorms that brought countless downed trees and power lines across North Alabama, and one weather related fatality in Cullman County due to a falling tree.

It was a well forecast event with excellent and timely severe weather watches and warnings, but over and over last night I heard from people that “had no clue” this was going to happen, and the storms “came out of nowhere”.

Let me say up front I fully understand people are busy, and most are not “weather geeks” that follow every blog post and keep eyes glued to the radar. But, everyone should have received warnings well before the storms arrived last night.

TIMELINE: The guys at the Storm Prediction Center placed North Alabama in a severe weather risk for Tuesday/Tuesday night on their convective outlooks back on Sunday morning. They identified the risk more than 48 hours in advance, and we did our best to communicate that risk across all of our forecast products here on the blog, and on TV, radio, and social media.

WATCH: The first severe thunderstorm watch was issued at 4:00 yesterday afternoon for North Alabama, well ahead of the line of severe storms that was over Tennessee at the time.

WARNINGS: Timely severe thunderstorm warnings were issued by NWS offices in Huntsville and Birmingham for the entire event, clearly stating the risk of wind gusts to 70 mph. This was what the radar looked like at 7:45 last night; note Jefferson County was under a warning well before the storms and the wind arrived.

So, why in the world would people be surprised?

*Inability to get warnings. Way, way too many people in our state don’t have a NOAA Weather Radio, and for those with smart phones, they don’t have a good app designed to deliver timely warnings. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of the standard free “crap apps”, but a little picture of a storm cloud and a high/low/chance of rain won’t help you when the weather turns severe. The two apps I like that work well are “Weather Radio by WDT”, and “MyWarn”. They work very well, and you won’t miss warnings.

*Some don’t pay attention to severe thunderstorm warnings. Sure, there is a good chance a tornado warning will get your attention, but for some reason people often just don’t pay attention to other warnings. Let me encourage you to listen carefully to what the warning says before you blow it off. So much of the damage in our state is caused by straight line winds, not tornadoes. Last night is a prime example.

If you read this blog on a regular basis (and, thank you!), we are preaching to the choir. You know what is going on, and you stay informed. We just have to get everyone else to pay better attention when severe weather is a threat to Alabama. The physical science is amazingly good during active storms, with timely watches and warnings. No, we can’t promise a warning for every severe storm and tornado, but you will get one in almost every case.

SOCIAL MEDIA: I have about 235,000 people that follow my Facebook page, but please remember when warnings are posted there, it reaches only a small percentage of the newsfeeds of those that follow. It is just the way Facebook works, and nothing I can do about it.

And, for those that are reached, after I post a radar or warning update, the usual questions follow about specific spots. “What about Blount, Winston, Cullman, Walker, Jasper, Gadsden, Trussville, etc etc etc (you can list any other community or county)”. Needless to say, I can’t mention every town with a widespread wind damage event like last night. Everyone was impacted, and the answer to 90 percent of the questions posted there can be answered with a quick check of this blog. Our posts are usually short, to the point, and it doesn’t take long to read.

I promise I do my best to engage with the social media followers, post updates, and answer questions. You would not believe the time I spend on social media, and I am so thankful for the two-way communication and the volume of reports and pictures I receive.

But, remember this is the place where you get the most consistent, timely, and reliable information. Please bookmark the blog and check it often. Bill Murray, Ryan Stinnett, and the rest of the gang here do a phenomenal job while we are on TV. You don’t get this in many other markets in the U.S.

TWITTER: If you want a running feed of warnings, updates, pictures, and reports from the public, following my Twitter feed is the way to go. There is no filtering like Facebook.

JAMES SPANN APP: As posted here several weeks ago, the James Spann 24/7 app has gone away. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it, but a new app will be available soon from ABC 33/40 with all of the elements in the old app, along with all of our other news and sports content. But you can access the blog from any browser on any smart phone.

But the bottom line is that you have to have a good, reliable way of getting severe weather warnings, and pay attention to what we are saying when they are issued. Then, you won’t be caught off guard and dealing with storms “out of nowhere”!

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A Few Scattered Storms Later Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 06:29

WILD NIGHT: A line of severe storms rolled through North Alabama last night, with winds of 50-70 mph, knocking down countless trees and power lines. One person was killed by a falling tree near West Point in Cullman County, and at one point over 100,000 were without power in areas served by Alabama Power, rural co-ops, and the TVA. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued well in advance of the arrival of these storms; the NWS did their usual fine work. The risk was also defined early in the day (and, really, days in advance) by the Storm Prediction Center, and a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the northern part of the state at 4:00 yesterday afternoon.

Last night’s event is a reminder that you really, really need to pay attention to severe thunderstorm warnings.

THE DAY AHEAD: The weather is calm this morning, but we expect scattered thunderstorms to form this afternoon during the heat of the day. Nothing organized like last night, but where storms do develop they will be strong; SPC has much of the state in a “marginal” severe weather risk…

Most of the storms will form between 1:00 and 8:00 p.m., and the chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in three. Otherwise, the day will be hot and humid with a high in the mid 90s.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge strengthens, and the warm air aloft associated with the ridge will keep storms few and far between. Expect hazy sunshine all four days, and daily highs will be in the 97 to 100 degree range. Looks like the hottest weekend of the year; the GEFS ensemble is suggesting 100 degree heat potential for Birmingham…

NEXT WEEK: Global models suggest the ridge will weaken a bit, with heat levels dropping a bit by mid-week with a slightly higher coverage of afternoon thunderstorms. Still, highs stay in the 90s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through most of next week with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time; highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: Claudette is now post-tropical, and approaching Nova Scotia. The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I will be doing a safety meeting today for ALAGASCO in Gadsden… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Severe Threat Ended

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 22:13

Thunderstorms pushed into South-Central Alabama and weakened, as expected, and the severe threat has ended.

All of the counties have been canceled from the severe thunderstorm watch. The following counties were just cleared: Autauga, Chambers, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa.

Light rain lingers over Central Alabama and it will diminish over the next hour.

Storms over Tennessee will drop into Alabama after midnight, but they will weaken overnight and won’t be severe.

Scattered storms are expected across North and Central Alabama again tomorrow and some of them could be severe again, although we probably won’t see the widespread severe weather we saw tonight.

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More Counties Cleared

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 21:43

The severe thunderstorm watch has been canceled for Calhoun, Cherokee and Cleburne Counties.

The watch has also been canceled for Bibb, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega and Tuscaloosa Counties.

The watch continues for Autauga, Chambers, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Perry, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa Counties until 1:00 AM CDT

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Avoid I-459/59N in Trussville Area

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 21:37

Trees fell tonight blocking all three NB lanes of I-59 at MM 139, between I-459 and the main Trussville exit. Traffic is still at a standstill.

Trees and powerlines are down over much of the area.

Alabama Power reports at 9:30 that there are 58,000 without power in the Birmingham Metro, 20,500 in West Alabama, 7.500 in East Alabama and 1,500 in the Montgomery area. Don’t touch downed wires and call them at 1-800-888-2726.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Autauga & Elmore Counties

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 21:16

A line of thunderstorms with high winds will reach Montgomery at about 10 p.m. Numerous reports of trees and power lines down and of gusting winds. Be in a safe place as the storms pass.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
AUTAUGA COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1000 PM CDT

* AT 915 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR KELLYTON TO MARBURY TO NEAR PARNELL…MOVING
SOUTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PRATTVILLE…MILLBROOK…WETUMPKA…TALLASSEE…ELMORE…COOSADA…
DEATSVILLE…ECLECTIC…AUTAUGAVILLE…BILLINGSLEY…BENTON…
EMERALD MOUNTAIN…KOWALIGA BRIDGE…WESTERN LAKE MARTIN…JORDAN
LAKE…VIDA JUNCTION…TEN CEDAR ESTATES…MARBURY…WEOKA MILLS
AND TITUS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Clay County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 21:08

Severe thunderstorms are over northern Clay County that will affect much of the county over the next 45 minutes.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

* AT 906 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM MOUNT CHEAHA TO 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WALDO TO NEAR
STEWARTVILLE…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LINEVILLE…ASHLAND…BARFIELD…DELTA…CLEVELAND CROSSROADS…
ROSELLE…GUNTHERTOWN…CRAGFORD…MELLOW VALLEY…MILLERVILLE…
LAKE CHINNABEE…HOLLINS AND MOTLEY.

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Trees, Powerlines Down All Over: Travel Discouraged

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 21:04

LATE REPORT
A report from Cullman County indicates that a man was killed by a fallen tree tonight in the West Point community.

ORIGINAL POST
Understand many trees and power lines are down across the Birmingham metro and many other parts of North Central Alabama. Travel is discouraged!!!!

Trees are down blocking all three lanes of NB I=59 at MM 139 between I-459 and the main Trussville exit.

Our friends at Alabama Power remind you: If you see poles or wires down, leave them alone and call us at 800-888-2726.

At last report, around 86,000 people across Central Alabama were without power. 58,000 are in the Birmingham area. Alabama Power is working hard to restore power to everyone.

Here is the radar just after 9 p.m.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Calhoun/Cleburne

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:46

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CLEBURNE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

* AT 845 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR CEDARTOWN TO NEAR JACKSONVILLE TO ANNISTON
REGIONAL AIRPORT…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ANNISTON…OXFORD…PIEDMONT…HEFLIN…FORT MCCLELLAN…WEST
END-COBB TOWN…HOBSON CITY…RANBURNE…FRUITHURST…
EDWARDSVILLE…MARS HILLS…OXFORD LAKE…MUSCADINE…ANNISTON
REGIONAL AIRPORT…ABERNATHY…MOUNT CHEAHA…I 20 WELCOME
CENTER…CHOCCOLOCCO…HOLLIS CROSSROADS AND SWEETWATER LAKE.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for More Counties

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:40

Numerous reports of wind damage, including tree and powerline damage, have been received as these storms have been passing through North and North Central Alabama.

There was just a report of a tree down on a house on Eastern Valley Road in the Bessemer area.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
COOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

* AT 838 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR LAKE WILDWOOD TO WEST BLOCTON TO 7 MILES
NORTHWEST OF WILTON TO NEAR CALERA TO NEAR WILSONVILLE TO LOGAN
MARTIN DAM…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 65 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
OXFORD…TALLADEGA…SYLACAUGA…PELL CITY…CLANTON…
CHILDERSBURG…BRENT…CENTREVILLE…JEMISON…WILSONVILLE…
GOODWATER…ROCKFORD…KELLYTON…TALLADEGA SPRINGS…
STEWARTVILLE…EQUALITY…WEOGUFKA…LINCOLN…RIVERSIDE AND
THORSBY.

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Watch Canceled for Some Counties

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:39

The folllowing counties have been cleared from our two watches:

Blount, Etowah, Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, St. Clair, Walker and Winston Counties.

Watch #427 continues for Autauga, Bibb, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa til 1:00 AM CDT.

Watch #424 continues for Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne til 10 p.m.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jefferson County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:21

The NWS has reissued the severe thunderstorm warning for Jefferson County since the storms are not out of the county as of yet.

Numerous trees are down across the county, including the Crestline, Mountain Brook and Homewood areas.

Wind gusts to 64 mph were measured at Jamestown Manor Drive and Main Street in Gardendale.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 820 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 6 MILES WEST OF ASHVILLE TO ARGO TO BIRMINGHAM TO
ENSLEY TO OAK GROVE TO BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT
55 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…BESSEMER…HOMEWOOD…
MOUNTAIN BROOK…TRUSSVILLE…HUEYTOWN…GARDENDALE…IRONDALE…
LEEDS…MOODY…FAIRFIELD…FULTONDALE…CENTER POINT…PLEASANT
GROVE…CLAY…PINSON…TARRANT AND MIDFIELD.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Shelby County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:17

Thunderstorms that are producing widespread wind damage to trees and powerlines are moving into Shelby County.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 915 PM CDT

* AT 815 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR MOODY TO BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK TO THE SUMMIT
TO BIRMINGHAM TO NORTH JOHNS TO NEAR BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…MOVING
SOUTH AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HOOVER…ALABASTER…PELHAM…HELENA…LEEDS…CALERA…CHELSEA…
MONTEVALLO…COLUMBIANA…WILSONVILLE…INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE…
VINCENT…HARPERSVILLE…WESTOVER…WILTON…GREYSTONE…OAK
MOUNTAIN STATE PARK…MAYLENE…SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT AND MOUNT
LAUREL.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Tuscaloosa County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:59

Our line of strong storms is entering northern Tuscaloosa County at ths hour. Tree and powerline damage will be likely as winds reach over 60 mph.

There will be lots of deadly lightning and brief heavy rain as well.

The storms will reach the Tuscaloosa/Northport areas around 8:45 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 758 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR WEST JEFFERSON TO 6 MILES SOUTH OF OAKMAN TO
BOLEY SPRINGS TO 9 MILES SOUTH OF BANKSTON TO NEAR ASHCRAFT
CORNER…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TUSCALOOSA…NORTHPORT…HOLT…LAKE VIEW…BROOKWOOD…COALING…
VANCE…COKER…TUSCALOOSA AMPHITHEATER…LAKE WILDWOOD…MERCEDES
BENZ OF ALABAMA…BINION CREEK LANDING…BRYANT DENNY STADIUM…
SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE…LAKE LURLEEN STATE PARK…
UNIVERSITY MALL…DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS…BANKHEAD LOCK AND
DAM…ABERNANT AND TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

&&

LAT…LON 3352 8767 3358 8767 3358 8763 3361 8762
3359 8732 3352 8732 3350 8727 3349 8733
3346 8734 3331 8716 3328 8707 3322 8710
3324 8714 3319 8720 3313 8720 3313 8728
3309 8731 3301 8732 3302 8783 3352 8784
TIME…MOT…LOC 0058Z 301DEG 52KT 3363 8712 3362 8738 3365 8752 3354
8772 3352 8784

HAIL…0.75IN
WIND…60MPH

$$

05/MA
BMX-23165

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Storms Approaching I-59 Corridor

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:54

We continue to receive reports of wind damage from the line of thunderstorms that is dropping southeastward tonight.

At 7:20 p.m., trees were reported down near Jasper on Brakefield Road, with one tree on a vehicle.

Trees were reported down at 7:26 at Winfield in Marion County. Trees were also reported in Gu-Win in Marion County about 7:18.

In Blount County, trees were reported down near Brooksville in Blount County, near Highways 79/278.

At 7:50, the leading edge of the storms extend from Snead to Blountsville to Sipsey to Jasper to Vernon.

They are pushing southeast at 30 mph or so.

They will reach Ashville by 8:15-8:30, Birmingham about the same time, and Tuscaloosa a little after 9 p.m.

Damaging winds will be the threat, but remember, the storms have tremendous lightning as well. They will also produce brief heavy rainfall.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Birmingham (Blount/Jefferson)

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:32

Strong thunderstorms are lined up in an arc across Cullman County into northern Walker COunty near Jasper. They have a history of producing wind damage including downed trees.

They will reach downtown Birmingham by 8:15 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
BLOUNT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 731 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM BROOKSVILLE TO NEAR NECTAR TO NEAR BLOUNT SPRINGS TO
NEAR ARKADELPHIA TO NEAR PARRISH TO 6 MILES SOUTH OF CARBON HILL…
MOVING SOUTH AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…BESSEMER…HOMEWOOD…
MOUNTAIN BROOK…TRUSSVILLE…HUEYTOWN…GARDENDALE…IRONDALE…
LEEDS…MOODY…FAIRFIELD…FULTONDALE…ONEONTA…BLOUNTSVILLE…
CLEVELAND…DALLAS…CENTER POINT AND PLEASANT GROVE.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:30

Numerous trees were reported down 5 miles NNW of Cullman at 7:16 p.m. tonight.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

* AT 729 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM STRAWBERRY TO NEAR SMITH DAM…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT
25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…SMITH
DAM…BAILEYTON…GARDEN CITY…FAIRVIEW AND COLONY.

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Watch County Notification

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:29

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.
WWUS64 KBMX 150028
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCHES 424/427
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
728 PM CDT TUE JUL 14 2015

ALC001-007-017-021-027-037-047-051-063-065-081-085-087-091-101-
105-107-111-113-117-119-121-123-125-150600-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.A.0427.150715T0028Z-150715T0600Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
427 IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 24 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

AUTAUGA BIBB CHILTON
COOSA DALLAS ELMORE
LOWNDES MONTGOMERY PERRY
SHELBY TALLADEGA

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CHAMBERS CLAY LEE
MACON RANDOLPH RUSSELL
TALLAPOOSA

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

GREENE HALE MARENGO
PICKENS SUMTER TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALEXANDER CITY…
ALICEVILLE…ASHLAND…AUBURN…BRENT…CARROLLTON…
CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…EUTAW…
FORT DEPOSIT…GREENSBORO…LANETT…LINDEN…LINEVILLE…
LIVINGSTON…LOWNDESBORO…MARION…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…
MOUNDVILLE…OPELIKA…PELHAM…PHENIX CITY…PRATTVILLE…
ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA…TUSCALOOSA…
TUSKEGEE…UNIONTOWN…VALLEY…WETUMPKA AND YORK.

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ALC009-015-019-029-055-057-073-075-093-115-127-133-150300-
/O.CON.KBMX.SV.A.0424.000000T0000Z-150715T0300Z/

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 424 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 12 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

BLOUNT JEFFERSON ST. CLAIR
WALKER

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CALHOUN CLEBURNE

IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

CHEROKEE ETOWAH

IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA

MARION WINSTON

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

FAYETTE LAMAR

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ANNISTON…BIRMINGHAM…CENTRE…
FAYETTE…GADSDEN…HALEYVILLE…HAMILTON…HEFLIN…HOOVER…
JACKSONVILLE…JASPER…MOODY…ONEONTA…PELL CITY…
SULLIGENT AND VERNON.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Lamar, Walker and Fayette

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:10

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 709 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF AMORY TO NEAR DETROIT TO GUIN
TO NEAR GLEN ALLEN TO CAMP MCDOWELL TO 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HELICON
TO GOOD HOPE…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
JASPER…WINFIELD…FAYETTE…SUMITON…CORDOVA…DORA…CARBON
HILL…VERNON…SULLIGENT…MILLPORT…BERRY…PARRISH…OAKMAN…
GLEN ALLEN…KENNEDY…SIPSEY…WEST JEFFERSON…DETROIT…KANSAS
AND NAUVOO.

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