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Shelby Storm Prompts Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 21:04

The aforementioned storm moving south southwestward over Shelby County has prompted a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. Places like Chelse and Westover are in the warning.

This storm could produce damaging winds at it pushes southward.

It could even intensity as approaching outflow from the East Alabama storms intersects it.

Vivid lightning is visible from this storm across southern Birmingham.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

* AT 903 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER MOUNT
LAUREL…OR 7 MILES NORTH OF CHELSEA…MOVING SOUTH AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HOOVER…PELHAM…HELENA…CHELSEA…WILSONVILLE…INDIAN SPRINGS
VILLAGE…WESTOVER…MOUNT LAUREL…VANDIVER…LAKE PURDY…
GREYSTONE…OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATER…MEADOWBROOK…OAK MOUNTAIN
STATE PARK…FOWLER LAKE…HIGHLAND LAKES…BROOK HIGHLAND…SHOAL
CREEK…HOOVER VETERANS PARK AND BALLANTRAE.

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New Rapidly Intensifying Storm Over Eastern Jefferson, NE Shelby

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 20:59

A new storm has fired south of Moody on the Jefferson/Shelby County Line. It is pushing south and will cross mountainous NE Shelby County moving in the direction of US-280 at Westover, passing between Chelsea and Harpersville.

This storm has a lot of rain and hail aloft that must come down, and it could bring strong winds eventually with that. You can see that in the composite reflectivity in the right panel of the image.

There could also be some hail. And of course lightning and torrential rain.

It will be a good idea to be inside as this storm approaches.

Another storm has formed in northeastern Tuscaloosa County near Lake View. It will affect I-59 shortly near Caffee Junction.

The storms are forming ahead of approaching outflow from the East Alabama storms.

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More Counties Cleared From Watch

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 20:35

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been canceled for Calhoun, Chambers, Cleburne, Lee, Randolph, and Russell Counties.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues for Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties till 10:00 p.m. CDT

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Includes Montgomery

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 20:21

Big storms are marching down I-85 tonight, approaching the city of Montgomery. The storms extend from Eclectic to Talassee to Shorter and Union Springs. The core of the storm is Southwest of Tuskegee. Strong indications of damaging winds on Doppler radar ahead of the main storms with the outflow. These winds may affect eastern parts of Montgomery by 8:45 p.m. Additional storms are forming ahead of the main storm south of Montgomery.

Lots of deadly lightning; lightning caused a house fire in Auburn as the storms passed. There was wind damage near Notasulga. There were reports of tree and power line damage in Lee County.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN BULLOCK COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 915 PM CDT

* AT 819 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR FRANKLIN FIELD TO NEAR VICTORYLAND TO NEAR
ECLECTIC…MOVING SOUTHWEST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MONTGOMERY…PRATTVILLE…MILLBROOK…TUSKEGEE…WETUMPKA…
TALLASSEE…UNION SPRINGS…NOTASULGA…MILSTEAD…MEADVILLE…PIKE
ROAD…COOSADA…SHORTER…FRANKLIN…EMERALD MOUNTAIN…
BOYLSTON…WAUGH…ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY…WOODCREST AND RAMER.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Clay/Cleburne til 9:00PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:58

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

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* AT 757 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR DELTA…OR 9
MILES SOUTHEAST OF OXFORD…MOVING SOUTHWEST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LINEVILLE…ASHLAND…BARFIELD…DELTA…MOUNT CHEAHA…
CHALAFINNEE…CLEVELAND CROSSROADS…ROSELLE…GUNTHERTOWN…
CRAGFORD…HOLLIS CROSSROADS…CAMP SEQUOYAH…MELLOW VALLEY…LAKE
CHINNABEE…MILLERVILLE…MICAVILLE…HOLLINS AND MOTLEY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER CONTACT YOUR NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.
THEY WILL SEND YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN
BIRMINGHAM.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Tenacious Storms Moving Southwest – Watch Extended

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:56

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been extended until 10:00 p.m. for the following counties: Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Talladega, Tallapoosa.

Severe thunderstorms over East Alabama are producing hail and damaging winds. The strongest storm is between Tuskegee and Auburn. There is another strong storm north of Lineville. Another strong storm is southeast of Oxford. Hail is falling in the storm west of Auburn. Storms are affecting parts of Cleburne, Clay, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Macon, and Lee Counties. Warnings are in effect ahead of the storms.

Be in a safe place as these dangerous storms approach. They will produce tree and power line damage and hail, as well as torrential rain and dangerous lightning. The atmosphere is stabilizing, but the storms should hold together until at least I-65 utilizing the remaining instability.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lee/Macon/Tallapoosa til 8:30PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:32

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

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* AT 731 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR HURTSBORO TO TUSKEGEE NATIONAL FOREST TO 6
MILES NORTH OF NOTASULGA…MOVING SOUTHWEST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
AUBURN…OPELIKA…TUSKEGEE…TALLASSEE…DADEVILLE…CAMP HILL…
NOTASULGA…MILSTEAD…SHORTER…FRANKLIN…WAVERLY…LAKE
TUSKEGEE…DAVISVILLE…SOCIETY HILL…TALLAPOOSA CITY…EASTERN
LAKE MARTIN…TUSKEGEE NATIONAL FOREST…HARDAWAY…LIVERPOOL AND
REEVES AIRPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Cleburne County til 8:15PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:15

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

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* AT 713 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR ABERNATHY…
OR 7 MILES EAST OF HEFLIN…MOVING SOUTH AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HEFLIN…RANBURNE…FRUITHURST…EDWARDSVILLE…MUSCADINE…
ABERNATHY…SWEETWATER LAKE…I 20 WELCOME CENTER…CHALAFINNEE…
LAKE CLEBURNE…HOLLIS CROSSROADS…TRICKEM AND MICAVILLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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County Drop, Add

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:14

Cherokee County has been cleared from the severe thunderstorm watch.

Autuaga, Chilton and Lowndes have been added.

The following counties remain in the watch as well: Barbour, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Talladega and Tallapoosa until 9 p.m. CDT

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Tallapoosa County til 8:00PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:06

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

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* AT 705 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR SPARKLING
SPRINGS…OR 16 MILES NORTHEAST OF DADEVILLE…MOVING SOUTHWEST AT
20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ALEXANDER CITY…DADEVILLE…JACKSONS’ GAP…NEW SITE…
GOLDVILLE…HILLABEE CREEK…NORTHERN LAKE MARTIN…WIND CREEK
STATE PARK…EASTERN LAKE MARTIN…WESTERN LAKE MARTIN…
DAVISTON…HORSESHOE BEND NATIONAL MILITARY PARK…HORSESHOE
BEND…EAGLE CREEK…HACKNEYVILLE AND DARE PARK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Chambers County til 8:00PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:59

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN CHAMBERS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

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* AT 658 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER CUSSETA…OR
NEAR VALLEY…MOVING WEST AT 10 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
VALLEY…LANETT…LA FAYETTE…WAVERLY…CUSSETA…WEST CHAMBERS…
HUGULEY…FAIRFAX…CHAMBERS COUNTY LAKE…OAK BOWERY…STURKIE…I
85 WELCOME CENTER AT LANETT AND LANETT MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lamar/Marion/Fayette til 7:45PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:58

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 745 PM CDT

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* AT 657 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BEAVERTON…
OR 8 MILES EAST OF SULLIGENT…MOVING EAST AT 10 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
WINFIELD…SULLIGENT…GUIN…BRILLIANT…GLEN ALLEN…BEAVERTON…
GU-WIN…BLOOMING GROVE…BLUFF…CREWS…TWIN…TEXAS…TUCKER…
WAYSIDE…FOWLERS CROSSROADS…BAZEMORE AND HUBBERTVILLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

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Flash Flood Warning Lamar County til 9:45PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:42

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

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* AT 638 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING
HEAVY RAIN ACROSS NORTHERN LAMAR COUNTY. UP TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN
HAVE ALREADY FALLEN BASED ON RADAR ESTIMATES. FLASH FLOODING IS
EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
SULLIGENT…DETROIT…BEAVERTON…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT… BLOOMING
GROVE…CREWS…BEDFORD…GATTMAN…LAMAR COUNTY PUBLIC
LAKE…HIGHTOGY…HENSON SPRINGS…PINE SPRINGS AND CODY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. ACT QUICKLY TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE.

PLEASE REPORT FLOODING TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHEN YOU
CAN DO SO SAFELY.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lee/Russell til 7:30PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:35

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

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* AT 633 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM COLUMBUS TO BLEECKER TO NEAR BEANS MILL…MOVING
WEST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
AUBURN…PHENIX CITY…OPELIKA…SMITHS…SMITHS STATION…
LADONIA…BEANS MILL…UCHEE…BLEECKER…GRIFFEN MILL…BEULAH…
SEALE…RUSSELL COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX…BEAUREGARD…CRAWFORD…
LADONIA SPORTS COMPLEX…FORT MITCHELL ACTIVITY CENTER…GOAT ROCK
LAKE…PHENIX DRAG STRIP AND MOUNT JEFFERSON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER CONTACT YOUR NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.
THEY WILL SEND YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN
BIRMINGHAM.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Chambers/Randolph til 7:15PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:21

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN CHAMBERS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

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* AT 620 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CRYSTAL
LAKE…OR NEAR ROANOKE…MOVING SOUTHWEST AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ROANOKE…STROUD…WADLEY…RED LEVEL…WELCH…ABANDA…CRYSTAL
LAKE…PENTON…TRAMMEL CROSSROADS…SPARKLING SPRINGS…ROCK
MILLS…DICKERT…ROCK STAND AND ROANOKE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE
SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lamar County til 6:45PM

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 18:06

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 645 PM CDT

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* AT 604 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER SULLIGENT…
MOVING SOUTHWEST AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
VERNON…SULLIGENT…BEAVERTON…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…CREWS…
BEDFORD…GATTMAN…LAMAR COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE AND PINE SPRINGS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE
SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING AND AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

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Heat Levels Fall Friday

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 15:24

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR EAST ALABAMA: Despite this watch for East Alabama until 9pm CT… the radar is relatively quiet at mid-afternoon…

Scattered storms will remain possible statewide through tonight; a few storms over East Alabama could produce strong winds in the watch area this evening. Like most summer afternoons, the thunderstorms will be scattered, and random.

TOMORROW: The weather won’t change much tomorrow. Still hot and humid, and the risk of a few widely scattered thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours. The high will be in the mid 90s.

HEAT RELIEF FRIDAY: The advertised pattern change begins Friday, as a long wave upper trough forms over the eastern half of the U.S. Here in Alabama, showers and storms will increase in coverage by Friday afternoon, and a good chance most communities won’t get out of the 80s. SPC has the northern third of the state in a “marginal” severe weather risk Friday afternoon.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday continues to look relatively wet with a rare late June cold front approaching, with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms during the day along with a high only in the low to mid 80s. There will be some breaks in the rain, and the sun might peek out at times, but expect rain delays if you have something planned outdoors.

Sunday looks delightful for the northern half of the state, with ample sunshine, lower humidity, and a high in the mid 80s. Showers and storms will be confined to the southern quarter of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Dry, continental air will stay in place Monday. Some of the colder spots across North Alabama could wind up in the cool 50s for a brief preview of fall. The day will feature ample sunshine along with a high in the upper 80s… humidity levels will stay low for late June.

We will mention a small risk of a shower Tuesday, and then scattered showers and storms will return by Wednesday and Thursday with increasing moisture levels. Highs during the mid-week period will be in the 87 to 90 degree range. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through Saturday with scattered storms possible daily. Coverage of showers and storms will increase a bit Sunday and Monday, but even on those days you will see a decent amount of sunshine. Then, for the rest of next week, it looks like routine summer weather, with partly to mostly sunny days and the usual risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICS: A large amount of dry air covers the Atlantic tropical basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected anytime soon.

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Watch County Notification

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 14:13

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 241912
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 348
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
212 PM CDT WED JUN 24 2015

ALC121-250200-
/O.EXA.KBMX.SV.A.0348.000000T0000Z-150625T0200Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 348 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS
EVENING

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 COUNTY

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

TALLADEGA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…SYLACAUGA AND TALLADEGA.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 348 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 16 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

COOSA ELMORE MONTGOMERY

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CALHOUN CHAMBERS CLAY
CLEBURNE LEE MACON
RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA

IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

CHEROKEE

IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…ANNISTON…
ASHLAND…AUBURN…CENTRE…EUFAULA…HEFLIN…JACKSONVILLE…
LANETT…LINEVILLE…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…OPELIKA…
PHENIX CITY…ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…TROY…TUSKEGEE…
UNION SPRINGS…VALLEY AND WETUMPKA.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for East Central Alabama Til 9 p.m.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 13:56

LATE REPORT
Talladega County has just been added to the severe thunderstorm watch. The severe storm near Bremen will likely get into Talladega County as well.

ORIGINAL POST
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for portions of East Central Alabama and much of Georgia. It is valid until 9 p.m.

Alabama counties include: Barbour, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are erupting over Georgia in a very unstable airmass this afternoon. One severe thunderstorm is near Smyrna northwest of Atlanta and another near Dacula. Another strong storm is around Buchanan, north of Bremen, just over the border the Alabama’s Fruithurst.

These storms are expected to drift southwestward. Some will get into Alabama.

Damaging winds is the main threat. Is it just too hot for large hot to reach the ground generally this time of year. There could be some small hail. Of course, all thunderstorms carry the threat of deadly lightning. Torrential rains will accompany them as well.

Categories: Weather

Break In The Heat Friday

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:24

STILL HOT THROUGH TOMORROW: Birmingham has recorded a high of 97 degrees the past two days; the hottest days so far this summer. We will be pretty close to that today and tomorrow; most communities will see a high between 94 and 97 degrees with hazy sunshine and the usual towering cumulus clouds.

A decaying MCS (mesoscale convective system) moved into far North Alabama late last night; some of you over the northern counties had a nice lightning show, but as expected those weakened as they moved deeper into the state, and at daybreak there is nothing on radar.

Widely scattered storms will fire up again later today, SPC has all 67 Alabama counties in a “marginal” severe weather risk. The primary threat is from “wet microbursts”, or local areas of strong straight line winds. These are very difficult to warn for since they are of very short duration, and cover a small area. We will watch radar trends closely later today when they get on the board. But, many neighborhoods will be just hot and dry.

Not much change tomorrow; hot and hazy with a few widely scattered storms.

HEAT RELIEF FRIDAY: A pattern change will break the back of the heat; an upper trough will carve out over the eastern half of the nation, and we expect a much higher coverage of showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon. A good chance we won’t get out of the 80s Friday because of the increased clouds and rain activity.

THE WEEKEND: Saturday still looks fairly wet, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The high will only in the low to mid 80s, and if you have something planned outside be ready for rain delays. However there will be some nice breaks in the rain, and the sun should peek out at times. Then, dry air arrives Sunday, and the day looks very pleasant with ample sunshine, lower humidity, and a high in the mid 80s. Any showers and storms Sunday should be confined to the southern third of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: I think the cooler places across North Alabama will start Monday with a low in the 50s; we stay dry during the day Monday with a mostly sunny sky and a high in the mid to upper 80s. We will bring back the chance of scattered showers and storms Tuesday and Wednesday with a high both days between 87 and 90. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A large amount of dry air covers the deep tropical Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected anytime soon.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day through Saturday with scattered thunderstorms. Storms will be a little more numerous Sunday and Monday, but even on those days expect a decent amount of sunshine. The rest of next week looks very routine, with partly to mostly sunny days and the risk of scattered storms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland.

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