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Hottest Weather So Far This Weekend

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:30

HEAT LEVELS RISING: The upper ridge, that has been centered west of Alabama in recent days, is beginning to strengthen and expand, and that will mean fewer afternoon storms and hotter afternoons as we approach the weekend. We project a high today in the mid 90s, followed by upper 90s tomorrow, and readings near 100 degrees over the weekend. We should note that Tuscaloosa did reach 100 yesterday afternoon.

Understand that a few storms could very well form during the heat of the day, but they will be few and far between, and many communities will be dry. Days will be mostly sunny and hazy, nights mostly fair, and the chance of any one spot getting an afternoon storm will be in the 10-20 percent range.

Today will be the 10th consecutive day with a high of 90 or higher (for Birmingham and most North/Central Alabama observation points). The hottest temperature this summer so far is 97 degrees, measured on June 22 and June 23.

The next 30 days are typically the hottest part of the summer in Alabama… our average high begins to fall slightly after August 15.

NEXT WEEK: The ridge weakens a bit by mid-week, so heat levels should fall a bit by Tuesday and Wednesday with a better risk of afternoon thunderstorms by then. But, the ridge expands again toward the end of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through most of next week with the risk of an occasional passing storm from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores. Highs on the immediate coast will stay between 87 and 90, with mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next seven days.

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 have a weather program this morning for the kids in the summer program at Cornerstone School in Woodlawn… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for SW Hale & Marengo Counties Until 9 p.m.

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 20:01

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWESTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 800 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR DEMOPOLIS TO ARCOLA TO FAUNSDALE…MOVING SOUTH
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…
DEMOPOLIS…LINDEN…UNIONTOWN…JEFFERSON…THOMASTON…SWEET
WATER…NEWBERN…MYRTLEWOOD…FAUNSDALE…DAYTON…PIN HOOK…
FREDDIE JONES FIELD…MAGNOLIA…CHICKASAW STATE PARK…CONSUL…
ARCOLA…MILLER…PROVIDENCE…DEMOPOLIS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AND
OCTAGON.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Eastern Dale & SW Henry; All Others Cancelled or Expired

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 19:32

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
EASTERN DALE COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN HENRY COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

* AT 718 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DETECTED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BLUE SPRINGS STATE PARK…OR 8
MILES SOUTHEAST OF CLIO…AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HEADLAND…OZARK…DOTHAN…MIDLAND CITY…NEWTON…PINCKARD…
KINSEY…GRIMES…NEWVILLE…NAPIER FIELD…CAPPS…SKIPPERVILLE…
PHILLIPS CROSSROADS…MABSON…ARGUTA…BEAMON…HEADLAND MUNICIPAL
A/P…DYKES CROSSROADS…SYLVAN GROVE AND CLOPTON.

All other severe thunderstorm warnings across Alabama have either expired or have been cancelled. The line of thunderstorms continues to pass through South-Central Alabama, moving in a south-eastern direction. Be aware that additional warnings and watches may be issued. We will continue to monitor these storms and will keep you updated!

Our friends at Alabama Power, as of 6 p.m., have restored power to 100,000 of their customers affected by last night’s storm and continue to work to restore the 15,000 still out.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: NW Sumter, SW Pickens & NW Greene Counties

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 18:23

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

* AT 622 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR JOHNSTON LAKE TO NEAR ALICEVILLE TO NEAR
PRAIRIE POINT…MOVING SOUTH AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

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

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
EUTAW…ALICEVILLE…GAINESVILLE…MCMULLEN…NEW WEST GREENE…
JOHNSTON LAKE…GARDEN…PANOLA…WEST GREENE…GEIGER…
GAINESVILLE LAKE CAMPGROUND…WARSAW…GEORGE DOWNER AIRPORT…
LEWISTON…NEW MOUNT HEBRON…COCHRANE…CLINTON…I 20 REST AREA
NEAR EUTAW AND PLEASANT RIDGE.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: SE Hale County

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 18:00

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 645 PM CDT

* AT 558 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
GREENSBORO…MOVING SOUTH AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

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

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
GREENSBORO…NEWBERN…GREENSBORO MUNICIPAL AIRPORT…CEDARVILLE
AND HARPER HILL.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Bullock County

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 17:42

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BULLOCK COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 645 PM CDT

* AT 541 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR HARDAWAY TO FRANKLIN FIELD TO NEAR UNION
SPRINGS…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
UNION SPRINGS…MIDWAY…FRANKLIN FIELD…BEANS CROSSROADS…
PICKETT…ABERFOIL…SHOPTON…SIMSVILLE…THREE NOTCH…TANYARD…
SEDGEFIELD…HIGH RIDGE…MITCHELL AND PEROTE.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Autauga County

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 17:14

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 615 PM CDT

* AT 513 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR POOLES CROSSROADS TO NEAR PLECHER TO NEAR
PARNELL…MOVING SOUTH AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PRATTVILLE…AUTAUGAVILLE…BILLINGSLEY…BENTON…VIDA JUNCTION…
AUTAUGA COUNTY AIRPORT…BOOTH…MULBERRY…NEW PROSPECT…DAWSON
MILL AND ROBERT F. HENRY LOCK AND DAM.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Bibb, Perry, Chilton

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:47

The storms over Bibb County are dropping south and will bring damaging winds to a large part of the warned counties.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 446 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM WEST BLOCTON TO NEAR JEMISON…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT
30 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…
CLANTON…BRENT…CENTREVILLE…JEMISON…THORSBY…VANCE…WEST
BLOCTON…MAPLESVILLE…BILLINGSLEY…CHILTON COUNTY MOTOR SPORTS
PARK…BRIERFIELD IRONWORKS PARK…TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST…WEST
CENTREVILLE…POOLES CROSSROADS…ASHBY…HEIBERGER…PLECHER…
EOLINE…PARNELL AND LAWLEY.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Bibb, SW Shelby, Chilton

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:19

Strong storms are lined up from west of Maylene to south of Calera and then southeastward along US-31 through Chilton County. They are pushing southeast, so they will train over the same areas.

Lots of dangerous lightning, heavy rain and the potential for damaging winds of 60 mph or greater.

be in a safe place as these dangerous storms approach.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTH CENTRAL CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 418 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MAYLENE…OR
7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ALABASTER…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ALABASTER…HELENA…CALERA…MONTEVALLO…JEMISON…THORSBY…
WILTON…UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO…BRIERFIELD IRONWORKS PARK…
AMERICAN VILLAGE…ASHBY…MAYLENE…SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT…
ALABASTER VETERANS PARK…SAGINAW…DOGWOOD…CAMP BRANCH…
MARVEL…MINOOKA PARK AND SILURIA.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Russell County

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:17

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 416 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER LADONIA…OR
NEAR PHENIX CITY…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PHENIX CITY…LADONIA…RUSSELL COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX…LADONIA
SPORTS COMPLEX…PARKMANVILLE…PHENIX DRAG STRIP…CRAWFORD…FORT
MITCHELL…FORT MITCHELL ACTIVITY CENTER AND UCHEE CREEK.

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A Few Scattered Storms This Afternoon

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.

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.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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Twitter
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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Concerning Last Night…

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

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.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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Twitter
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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