Category: Alabama’s Weather
The severe thunderstorm watch for East Central Alabama has been canceled as the last storms have moved into Georgia and no addiitonal storms are expected overnight.
We had one shot at severe weather this afternoon and evening across Central Alabama and it is done.
The ingredients that were in place over the area are diminishing now. The speed shear is diminishing as the upper level wind max departs to the north. Instabilities are slowly coming down as clouds cover the area. The convection near the Gulf Coast has effectively cut off additional moisture inflow into the area and drier air is moving in.
There should not be any more convection initiating tonight. There could be a few light showers as the cold front approaches from the north during the pre-dawn hours, but there won’t be any thunder.
A passing disturbance and conditionally unstable air caused by cold air aloft tomorrow could trigger a few light afternoon showers as well, but they will be a nuisance at worst, not heavy and not lasting very long at all.
@auburnwde reported destruction of a barn in northern Coosa County caused by strong winds in the severe thunderstorm at 5:18 pm, four miles west of Stewartville on County Road 35. The damage is impressive and could have been caused by a tornado or straight line winds, hard to tell until the Weather Service surveys the damage. There were definitely strong winds, over 65 mph near the surface, shown on doplar radar.
The severe thunderstorm warning for Coosa and Talladega Counties has been canceled or has expired.
There are no warnings in effect now for any part of Central Alabama.
A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 10 p.m. for Barbour, Pike, Bullock, Chambers, Clay, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa Counties.
The only storms over Central Alabama are the ones over East Central Alabama in Clay and Tallapoosa Counties moving into Randolph.
UPDATE AT 5:29
Talladega County has been removed from the warning since the storms have moved out of the county.
The NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Talldega and Coosa Counties until 6 p.m.
Strong thunderstorm near Talladega Springs will pass near Stewartville, Gantts Quarry and Overbrook and south of Sylacauga. It will eventually move toward Goodwater, Kellyotn and Alex City.
Hail to one inch and 60 mph winds are possible with this storm. 65 mph winds are indicated on base velocity products south of Talladega Springs at 1,000 feet. This is easily reaching the ground in the rear flank downdraft
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN COOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
* UNTIL 600 PM CDT
* AT 505 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER LAY LAKE…
OR NEAR TALLADEGA SPRINGS…MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.
HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
STRICKLAND CROSSROADS…LAY LAKE…CEDAR CREEK…OVERBROOK AND
Strong storms are impacting Jefferson and Shelby Counties now with heavy rain and lightning as well as gusty winds. There have been reports of some small hail.
…Hail and heavy rain reported in Vestavia by @AUAtty
…I picked up 0.50 inches of rain in less than 30 minutes off Altadena Road. 1.16 so far since midnight.
…Heavy rain on Highway 150 in Hoover flooded the road in 10 minutes. Strong winds too according to @ProddyLeigh
…Power lines sparking on 280 at Parc at Grandview.
…Jeff Drake reports 0.60 inches of rain in 15 minutes at Bessemer.
UPDATED MAP 6:12 PM
UPDATE 6:02 PM
Barbour, Pike, Bullock, Macon and Russell Counties have been dropped from the Severe Thunderstorm Watch. The watch continues for Chambers, Clay, Lee, Randolph and Tallapoosa Counties until 10:00 PM CDT
The NWS has extended the Severe Thunderstorm Watch over South Alabama northward to include part of East Central Alabama.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
115 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING
IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 8 COUNTIES
IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA
CHAMBERS CLAY LEE
MACON RANDOLPH RUSSELL
IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…ASHLAND…AUBURN…
UNION SPRINGS AND VALLEY.