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Intense thunderstorms are over East Alabama at this hour.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Calhoun, Cherokee and Cleburne Counties till 3:45 PM CDT.
Dangerous storms extend from extend southeastward from Center to the Georgia border. Others are near Edwardsville and Heflin.
Winds may reach 60 mph and you could see one inch hail from these storms.
They are pushing south southeast at 20 mph.
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Traffic is a mess all across the Birmingham Metro this afternoon thanks to a severe storm that rolled through ove rthe past hour. Here is the Google Map showing traffic at 550 p.m.
Hoover Fire is now helping on a mutual aid call with Rocky Ridge FD on a structure fire at Children’s South off Acton Road. Lightning apparently caused the fire. Power is out in that vicinity.
A tree is down in Chelsea in Cahaba Valley Trace.
The warning for Shelby County has expired and is not being reissued, but any areas Over the Mountain through Shelby County have trees and power lines down with power outages and numerous wrecks. Be very careful if you are out.
Here is the radar now:
I spoke too soon about the storms being severe. The one over southern Jefferson County has really intensified, prompting a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Jefferson and Shelby Counties.
Be ready for 60 mph winds, torrential rains and deadly lightning.
Be in safe shelter as these dangerous storms approach.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
* UNTIL 545 PM CDT
* AT 513 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER VESTAVIA
HILLS…MOVING SOUTH AT 25 MPH.
HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SOUTHERN BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…ALABASTER…
INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE…MEADOWBROOK…THE SUMMIT…
OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK…HOOVER METROPOLITAN STADIUM…
PATTON CREEK…RIVERCHASE GALLERIA…SAMFORD UNIVERSITY…
OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATER…CAHABA HEIGHTS AND RIVERCHASE.
THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…
INTERSTATE 65 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 238 AND 258.
INTERSTATE 459 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 10 AND 23.
An arc of strong storms is dropping southward across Central Alabama this afternoon.
They extend from Cordova in Walker County through downtown Birmingham to Childersburg to south of Lineville in Clay County.
They are moving south southeast at 15-20 mph. They will pass through southern Jefferson and much of Shelby County over the next hour.
They are not severe, but expect torrential rains, gusty winds to 25-30 mph and lots of deadly lightning.
There have been numerous reports of wind damage over the Tennessee Valley.
Be in a safe place as these storms approach.
An upper level disturbance across western Alabama has triggered an area of showers and thunderstorms.
There are two main areas of convection:
One is over northern Tuscaloosa County and southern Walker County from the City of Tuscaloosa to south of Sumiton. Lots of lightning in the Tuscaloosa area right now. Heavy rain is also capable of producing minor flooding. 0.85 inches of rain in the past hour at the Tuscaloosa Airport. Winds never rose about 12 mph there.
One hour rainfall amounts are over one inch in this heavy thunderstorm activity.
The second area is over South Central Alaama in Dallas County near Selma, spreading toward Montgomery. Lots of lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds with this activity.
In the Birmingham Metro area, rain has overspread the western part of Jefferson county but it is not heavy at the time. A band of heavier rain and some lightning will slide southeastward out of Walker County and across the Metro over the next 75 minutes.
The temperature at 11 a.m. had already reached 90F at Hunstville, and many other stations were not far behind. At noon temperatures across Central Alabama ranged from 87F at Birmingham and Anniston to 89F at Calera to 90F at Tuscaloosa.
Skies are partly cloudy with a healthy field of cumulus clouds across the state. We are seeing enhanced cumulus development in two areas: across the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama ahead of a trough that extends out of the mid-Atlantic states. Also, there is enhanced development ahead of an upper level disturbance swinging into Mississippi.
Showers and storms will fire within the next couple of hours across the middle of the state. Temperatures will peak in the lower and middle 90s.
Instability values are high, running 3,000-4,000 joules/kg across the area. Wind shear is almost nil, so those strong thunderstorm updrafts will have a hard time maintaining themselves as they choke on their own precipitation.
Low level lapse rates are going to be strong, but mid level lapse rates are not a favorable for storms. We also don’t have the same level of upper diffluence, with weaker winds up at the jet stream level. This means the storms may not be as organized as those of yesterday.
But they will be capable of very heavy rain with preciptable water values of 1.8 – 1.9 inches. Lightning will be a bi g problem, so we weather aware if you will be outside and take shelter inside if you see an developing or approaching storm with dark clouds or thunder. There could be 40-50 mph wind gusts as well. Hard to get hail in this heat, but there could be some small hail in spots with the stronger storms.
LATE REPORT: 525 pm
The storm near the Birmingham Airport did produce nickel sized hail (just below severe limit) at 5:09 p.m. at Tarrant.
Winds gusted to 23 mph at the BHM Airport. No rainfall though. Darn.
An intense thunderstorm has formed over northeastern Jefferson County, just north of the Birmingham Airport. It could even contain some small hail. But it does have torrential rain, deadly lightning and gusty winds. This storm will affect the Center Point area.
The left panel of the graphic is the base reflectivity, showing wall is basically reaching the ground. The right panel is composite reflectivity, which indicates the precipitation that is suspended aloft as well.
Another cell is moving up from the Eastwood Mall area that will merge with the first cell, producing brief ramp up in the storm. Be alert for the lightning, wind and hail. The storm could briefly become severe.
The peach polygon on the graphic is a significant weather alert from the NWS, which is below a severe thunderstorm warning.
Storms are intensifying rapidly in the Forestdale area as well. They will move toward Gardendale.
Another storm is north of Talladega approaching I-20.
Otherwise, storms are generally scattered in the I-20 Corridor with others west of Montgomery along US-80.
Everything is drifting slowly northeast this afternoon. There is almost no wind shear, so they will actually fall apart pretty quickly.
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