AlabamaWx is Powered by The Weather Factory

More Counties Added to PDS Tornado Watch

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

The National Weather Service has added Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Chambers, and Tallapoosa counties to the existing PDS Tornado Watch in effect until 7:00 PM CST.

These counties have been added due to the line of storms that are showing rotation.

THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION

••• Primary threats include
Several tornadoes and a few intense tornadoes likely.
Widespread damaging winds and scattered significant gusts to 80 MPH likely.
Widespread large hail and scattered very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter likely.

An outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes is expected to unfold over the watch area this afternoon. Storms currently over AL and the FL panhandle will track rapidly northeastward, posing a risk of long-track significant tornadoes and widespread damaging winds.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

The Bell Sounds for Round Three: Storms Intensifying Again, Warnings Issued

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

Round three of our weekend severe weather event is underway across the Southeast. After a second deadly night of severe weather, where 11 people died in Georgia, more severe weather is occurring and will continue today.

Severe thunderstorm warning was just issued for several counties in South Central Alabama including Autauga, Chilton, Dallas and Lowndes. A tornado warning was just issued for Autauga County.

A closed upper level low over Arkansas is pushing east early this afternoon. Across Mississippi and southwestern Alabama, A wide phalanx of showers and some thunderstorms are lifting northeastward. Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect across Clarke, Monroe and Wilcox Counties in Southwest Alabama. Storms have lifted as far north as Selma.

To the southeast, a coastal warm front has lifted northward into South Central Alabama. The dewpoint is 67F at Troy and 68F at Evergreen. There are dewpoints in the lower 70s over Southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

A surface low is developing north of Mobile, and this surface low will lift northeastward across East Central Alabama. As it does, it will drive the warm front further inland over South Central and Southeast Alabama. Instability values are running 500-1,000 joules/kg across much of the southeastern two thirds of Alabama. Bulk shear values are 50-70 knots, which is sufficient for organized storms.

To the southeast, low level helicity values will increase rapidly this afternoon, and far Southeast Alabama will see a threat of tornadoes, including the chance of a few significant tornadoes.

The current SPC severe weather outlook shows the breakdown of where the severe weather will likely occur:

In the MARGINAL RISK area: an isolated severe thunderstorm is possible with damaging wind or large hail.
In the SLIGHT RISK area: a few severe thunderstorms are possible, damaging winds and hail the main threat, an isolated tornado possible
In the MODERATE RISK area: numerous severe thunderstorm are possible, with damaging winds, hail and a higher chance of tornadoes, including some EF2 or stronger tornadoes.
In the HIGH RISK area Widespread severe storms, damaging wind and hail reports and large and dangerous tornadoes are possible. This is limited to only extreme Southeast Alabama around Dothan into Georgia and North Florida, where a significant outbreak of tornadoes is expected.

A tornado watch (another PDS or Particularly Dangerous Situation) has been issued for areas from Troy to Auburn and Eufaula until 7 p.m. Tornado watches now cover a large area from Atlanta to Mobile to Jakconsville.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Tornado Warning Issued for Parts of Autauga County Until 1245 PM CST

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:09 pm


The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Tornado Warning for…
Northern Autauga County in Alabama…

* Until 1245 PM CST

* At 1203 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a
tornado was located over Mulberry, or 11 miles east of Valley
Grande, moving northeast at 30 mph.

HAZARD…Tornado.

SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.

IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.
Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree
damage is likely.

* Locations impacted include…
Deatsville, Billingsley, Vida Junction, Booth, Marbury, Mulberry
and New Prospect.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Autauga, Chilton, Dallas, And Lowndes Counties

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:04 pm

Polygon for KBMX_54_0018_2017

Heads up for everyone in the path of this severe storm. Winds of 60 MPH and quarter size hail can be expected. Now is the time to seek shelter. Even if it is not a tornado, severe straight line winds can do as much or more damage as a tornado.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Chilton County in Alabama…
Lowndes County in south central Alabama…
Autauga County in Alabama…
Eastern Dallas County in south central Alabama…

* Until 100 PM CST

* At 1156 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Parnell to Mulberry to near Tyler to 12 miles
south of Gordonville to 7 miles northwest of I65 And Al 106, moving
northeast at 60 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…
Prattville, Selma, Millbrook, Clanton, Valley Grande, Jemison, Fort
Deposit, Mosses, Hayneville, Selmont-West Selmont, Thorsby,
Deatsville, Autaugaville, White Hall, Maplesville, Gordonville,
Billingsley, Lowndesboro, Benton and Memorial Stadium.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

PDS Tornado Watch Issued For Southeastern Counties In The Area Until 7:00 PM

| January 22, 2017 @ 11:59 am

The National Weather Service has issued a PDS Tornado Watch until 7:00 PM CST for Lee, Macon, Russell, Barbour, Bullock, and Pike counties. This includes the cities of Auburn, Eufaula, Opelika, Phenix City, Troy, Tuskegee, and Union Springs.

THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION

••• Primary threats include
Several tornadoes and a few intense tornadoes likely.
Widespread damaging winds and scattered significant gusts to 80 MPH likely.
Widespread large hail and scattered very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter likely.

An outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes is expected to unfold over the watch area this afternoon. Storms currently over AL and the FL panhandle will track rapidly northeastward, posing a risk of long-track significant tornadoes and widespread damaging winds.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Wind Advisory Starting At Midnight Tonight Until 6:00 PM Monday

| January 22, 2017 @ 9:29 am

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a Wind Advisory which goes into effect starting at midnight tonight and lasting until 6:00 PM on Monday evening.

Winds will be gusty on Monday as a strong low pressure system moves to our east.

Winds will be sustained at 20-30 MPH with higher gusts, especially for higher elevations.

Strong winds can break tree branches or down weaker trees, particularly in areas with saturated soils due to recent heavy rains.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 MPH are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Please use extra caution.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Another Severe Weather Day

| January 22, 2017 @ 8:43 am

SPC has issued a rare “high risk” for the southeast tip of Alabama, over into South Georgia and North Florida…

A tornado watch is in effect for far South Alabama until 2p CT…

NOTES FOR ALABAMA….

*Highest tornado threat today will be across the southeast part of the state, generally in areas south and east of Montgomery. Dothan is in the “high risk”.

*The main threat for the northern half of Alabama today will come from hail as a cold core upper low passes through.

*For those in Southeast Alabama, please be vigilant today. This system has been responsible for 15 deaths over the past 36 hours; 11 were killed by tornadoes in Georgia overnight.

CALL TO ACTION: Be sure you have a way of hearing severe weather watches and warnings. At home, you need a properly programmed NOAA Weather Radio with a battery backup. On your phone, for warnings we recommend WeatherRadio by WDT. You can watch our live severe weather coverage on the free ABC 33/40 app. Here are the links…

ABC 33/40 iOS version for iPhones and iPads

ABC 33/40 Android version for Android phones and tablets

Review your action plan in case a tornado warning polygon includes your home. Get in a small room, on the lowest floor, away from windows, and near the center of the house. You do NOT have to be underground. Never be in a car or mobile home. Have helmets, hard sole shoes, and a portable air horn for everyone in the family.

More details shortly…

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

A Quick Update On The Central Alabama Weather Situation At 8:45 AM

| January 22, 2017 @ 8:42 am

At this time for Central Alabama, it is quiet across much of the area. There are a few showers on radar at this time over the western counties, affecting the cities of Hamilton, Haleyville, Sulligent, Pickensville, and Aliceville. The rest of the area is dry at this point.

Looking ahead at the latest HRRR run, our next round of storms will rotate around the low pressure center that is currently located back in western Arkansas, and make it into the area around 10-11AM, and will move through the area and should be done by the 3-5AM time frame on Monday morning. The main threat for strong to severe storms will be from 10AM-3PM today.

The Storm Prediction Center currently has much of the south and central parts of Central Alabama under the standard “Slight Risk” throughout today, with locations in the southeastern parts in the “Enhanced Risk” for severe storms. Pike and Barbour counties have been placed in the “Moderate Risk,” and the extreme southeastern corner of the state is in a rare “High Risk” for severe storms.

Storms will develop within an airmass that is unstable and strongly sheared. Low level shear will support a threat for a few tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail. There could even be large, long-track tornadoes in the enhanced and moderate risk areas.

A tornado watch has already been issued for the extreme southern counties of Alabama, and severe thunderstorms have already formed in the area.

Today will be a day that you pay very close attention to the weather, especially if you’re south of the I-20 and I-20/59 corridors. Have a reliable source of receiving weather information on hand. We will keep you updated throughout the day on the blog.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

An Update To The Central Alabama Weather Situation At 2:55 AM

| January 22, 2017 @ 2:54 am

For most of Central Alabama, the threat for severe weather has diminished at this point. As a matter of fact, Chilton and Shelby counties have been removed from the Tornado Watch. The counties remaining in the watch until 3:00 AM are Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Autauga, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Montgomery, Macon, Russell, Bullock, Pike, and Barbour.

Most of the thunderstorm activity has pushed off out of the area, with only the extreme eastern and southeastern parts of the area still dealing with storms. Fortunately, these are just good rain producers with some thunder. No severe warnings are in effect for anyone in Central Alabama at this moment.

Now we do have a few damage reports coming in from the severe thunderstorms that pushed through Jefferson and Blount counties earlier…

••• Trees and power lines are down in the Pleasant Grove area on 8th Place.
••• Trees are down in the Birmingport area on Buddy Vines Camp Road.
••• Power lines are down in the Midfield area at 67th Street and Pineview Road.
••• Trees are down in the Tarrant area near McDonald Street.
••• Trees are down in Vestavia Hills near Rocky Ridge, and at US-31 and Kentucky Avenue.
••• Trees are down in Homewood near Vulcan Park.
••• Tree down on a home in Locust Fork, in Susan Moore, and on 3rd Street in Hayden.
••• Trees are down on I-65 at mile marker 289.

The next round of storms should arrive in the area around 9-10 AM later this morning. For locations north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Alabaster to Talladega, it will probably be just a good shot of rain and thunderstorms with the possibility of a few strong storms.

The main threat areas will be south of that line, and highest for those south and east of Auburn and Montgomery. In those areas, damaging winds, along with hail and a few tornadoes are possible. The severe threat should be over by 5PM today.

If anything changes between now and 9AM, we’ll have updates for you.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Etowah County

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:33 am

…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR ETOWAH COUNTY IS CANCELLED…

The storm which prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits, and no longer pose an immediate threat to life or property.
Therefore the warning has been cancelled.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Etowah County Until 230 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:33 am


At 158 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located over Reece City, or
near Gadsden, moving northeast at 60 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Gadsden, Rainbow City, Boaz, Hokes Bluff, Attalla, Glencoe, Sardis
City, Steele, Altoona, Walnut Grove, Reece City, Gadsden Mall, Tabor
Road, Aurora, Noccalula Falls, Ballplay, Neely Henry Lake, Southside,
Ridgeville and Gadsden Steam Plant.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Etowah County

Jan 22nd @ 1:33 am


The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Etowah County in northeastern Alabama…

* Until 230 AM CST

* At 130 AM CST, a severe thunderstorm was located near Inland Lake,
or near Springville, moving northeast at 60 mph. This storm has a
history of producing high winds and wind damage.
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to
mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings.

* Locations impacted include…
Gadsden, Rainbow City, Boaz, Hokes Bluff, Attalla, Glencoe, Sardis
City, Steele, Altoona, Walnut Grove, Reece City, Gadsden Mall,
Tabor Road, Aurora, Noccalula Falls, Ballplay, Neely Henry Lake,
Southside, Ridgeville and Gadsden Steam Plant.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Even More Counties Trimmed From The Tornado Watch

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:32 am

The latest set of counties trimmed from the Tornado Watch are Bibb, Dallas, Hale, and Perry counties. This now leaves Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Shelby, Talladega, Chambers, Clay, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa, Barbour, Bullock, and Pike counties under the Tornado Watch until 3:00 AM.

Back to our west, things have settled down for now. The next round of storms is expected to arrive by the 9-11 AM time frame.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Blount County

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:21 am

…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IS CANCELLED…
     
     The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the area.
     Therefore the warning has been cancelled.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 150 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Blountsville to near Snead to near Steele, moving
northeast at 50 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include…
Altoona, Snead, Susan Moore, Walnut Grove, Strawberry, McLarty and
Brooksville.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 144 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Blountsville to Susan Moore to near Altoona,
moving northeast at 40 mph.
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile
homes, roofs, and outbuildings.
Locations impacted include…
Oneonta, Blountsville, Cleveland, Altoona, Snead, Susan Moore, Walnut
Grove, Rosa, Strawberry, McLarty, Brooksville, Chamblees Mill,
Hendrix and Fowler Spring.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 137 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from Bangor to Rosa to 6 miles northwest of Ashville,
moving northeast at 70 mph.
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile
homes, roofs, and outbuildings.
Locations impacted include…
Oneonta, Blountsville, Cleveland, Locust Fork, Altoona, Snead, Susan
Moore, Walnut Grove, Allgood, Fairview, Hayden, Nectar, Rosa, Inland
Lake, Blount Springs, Brooksville, Strawberry, Bangor, McLarty and
Highland Lake.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount County Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 130 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Nectar to Allgood to near Springville, moving
northeast at 65 mph.
These are very dangerous storms.
HAZARD…80 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be heavily damaged. Expect
considerable damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles.
Extensive tree damage and power outages are likely.
Locations impacted include…
Oneonta, Blountsville, Cleveland, Dallas, Locust Fork, Altoona,
Snead, Susan Moore, Walnut Grove, Trafford, Allgood, Fairview,
Hayden, Nectar, Rosa, County Line, Inland Lake, Blount Springs,
Brooksville and Strawberry.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Jefferson County

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IS CANCELLED…

The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the warned
area. Therefore, the warning has been cancelled.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Blount And Jefferson Counties Until 215 AM CST

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


At 125 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Blount Springs to near Dallas to near Argo,
moving northeast at 60 mph.

These are very dangerous storms.

HAZARD…80 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Mobile homes will be heavily damaged. Expect
considerable damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles.
Extensive tree damage and power outages are likely.

Locations impacted include…
Trussville, Oneonta, Blountsville, Cleveland, Dallas, Clay, Pinson,
Argo, Warrior, Kimberly, Locust Fork, Altoona, Snead, Susan Moore,
Walnut Grove, Trafford, Allgood, Fairview, Hayden and Nectar.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Blount And Jefferson Counties

Jan 22nd @ 1:21 am


Strong winds are impacting northern Jefferson County between Morris and Pinson. Winds may reach 75 mph.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Blount County in Alabama…
Northeastern Jefferson County in Alabama…

* Until 215 AM CST

* At 118 AM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Arkadelphia to County Line to near Clay, moving
northeast at 55 mph.
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to
mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings.

* Locations impacted include…
Northeastern Birmingham, Trussville, Gardendale, Oneonta,
Blountsville, Cleveland, Dallas, Center Point, Clay, Pinson, Argo,
Warrior, Kimberly, Morris, Locust Fork, Altoona, Snead, Susan
Moore, Walnut Grove and Trafford.

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments