Category: Severe Weather

Severe Weather Threat Over For Alabama; Wind and Showers Now the Story

| January 22, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

Barometers are on the rise and dewpoints are plummeting across Alabama as a compact and powerful low pressure moves northeast out of East Central Alabama. The barometer at the center of the low is measuring an eye-popping 29.12 inches or so. The barometer at Birmingham dropped to a near record 29.25 inches.

The rain shield has lifted north of I-20 now and rain has ended over the southern half of the Birmingham Metro area. It may build back south a bit over the next few hours as the upper low slides to the southeast.

Winds are still strong over East Alabama, averaging 15-25 mph and gusting to 30-35 mph. They have calmed a bit to the west, but are averaging 10-15 mph out of the west. Winds will remain brisk through Monday as the low lifts out to the northeast. A wind advisory is in effect for all of Central Alabama starting at midnight tonight

Showers will accompany the upper low as it moves across the area tonight as well.

BIG TORNADO IN GEORGIA
A large tornado struck Albany GA this afternoon. There is considerable damage.

This tornado is now on the ground near Abbeville.

Significant Damage in Opelika From Possible Tornado

| January 22, 2017 @ 2:28 pm

There are amateur radio reports of lots of damage in the Pepperell Village area in Opelika from a possible tornado.

Here is a radar image from about the time of the damage:

Trees and utility poles, and various structural damage.

House on 3rd Avenue in Opelika with roof and rafters completely blown off, including rafters/trusses. Large oak tree down in yard as well.

All being confirmed by Opelika Police and public safety at this time.

This was in the tornado warning for Lee County.

Update On Central Alabama’s Weather Situation At 2:20 PM.

| January 22, 2017 @ 2:21 pm

The severe threat is starting to come to an end for most of Central Alabama at this time. The main focus for the next hour will be on the southeastern counties of the area, especially Lee, Tallapoosa, and Chambers counties. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect for those counties until 2:45 PM.

Damage reports are coming in from Opelika, with significant damage apparently in Pepperell Village (confirmed by Opelika Police and public safety officials).

The latest update from the SPC is showing a marginal risk for severe storms for the eastern half of the state, with a slight risk for locations south of a line from roughly Birmingham to Gadsden, and east of the I-65 corridor. The enhanced and moderate risks remain confined to the extreme southeastern corner of the area, but I believe the threat will be coming to an end within an hour or so.

More counties are being removed from the PDS Tornado Watch. Bullock, Coosa, and Macon counties were the recent removees, leaving just Barbour, Chambers, Lee, Russell, and Tallapoosa counties in the watch.

For the locations north of I-20 and I-20/59, the risk for severe storms is rather low, and for locations west of I-65, the threat is over. Just a good steady rain for a few hours more.

Another Set Of Counties Have Been Removed From The PDS Tornado Watch

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

The National Weather Service has removed Elmore, Montgomery, and Pike counties from the PDS Tornado Watch.

The PDS Tornado Watch continues for Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Lee, Macon, Russell, and Tallapoosa counties until 7:00 PM CST.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Chambers, Lee, And Randolph Counties Until 245 PM CST

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:42 pm

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At 228 PM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from 7 miles southwest of Franklin to near Hamilton to near
Upatoi, moving east at 65 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…
Opelika, Valley, Lanett, Roanoke, Lafayette, Smiths, Stroud, Smiths
Station, La Fayette, Wadley, Red Level, Lakeview, Cusseta, Beans
Mill, Welch, Crystal Lake, Penton, Huguley, Fairfax and Chambers
County Lake.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Tallapoosa County

Jan 22nd @ 1:42 pm


…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IS CANCELLED…

The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the warned
area. Therefore, the warning has been cancelled. A severe
thunderstorm warning remains in effect for southern portions of
Randolph County and eastern portions of Chamber County.
A tornado watch remains in effect until 700 PM CST for southeastern
and east central Alabama.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Chambers, Lee, Randolph, And Tallapoosa Counties

Jan 22nd @ 1:42 pm


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Seek shelter if you are in the path of this storm. Damaging wind gusts up to 60 MPH, along with dangerous lightning and quarter size hail can be expected with this severe storm.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Southern Randolph County in east central Alabama…
Lee County in east central Alabama…
Chambers County in east central Alabama…
Tallapoosa County in east central Alabama…

* Until 245 PM CST

* At 140 PM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Kellyton to near Notasulga to near Tuskegee
National Forest, moving east at 65 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, Alexander City, Valley, Lanett, Roanoke,
Dadeville, Camp Hill, Notasulga, Lafayette, Smiths, Stroud, Smiths
Station, La Fayette, Jacksons’ Gap, New Site, Wadley, Red Level,
Waverly and Lakeview.

New Tornado Warning for Northeastern Macon County Until 2:00 PM

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

…THE TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHERN AUTAUGA COUNTY IS CANCELLED…

The tornado threat has diminished and the Tornado Warning has been
cancelled. However, large hail and damaging winds remain likely and a
Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect for the area.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 700 PM CST for east central
Alabama.


The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Tornado Warning for…
Northeastern Macon County in southeastern Alabama…

* Until 200 PM CST

* At 124 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado
was located over Franklin, or near Tuskegee, moving northeast at 40
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…
Tuskegee, Notasulga, Franklin, Tuskegee National Forest, Lake
Tuskegee, Liverpool, Moton Field Municipal Airport, Uphapee Creek
and I 85 Rest Area.

A Few Counties Have Been Removed From The PDS Tornado Watch

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

The National Weather Service has removed Autauga, Chilton, and Lowndes counties from the PDS Tornado Watch.

The PDS Tornado Watch continues for Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Russell, and Tallapoosa counties until 7:00 PM CST.

Tornado Warning for Northern Bullock County Has Been Cancelled

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:11 pm

…THE TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHERN BULLOCK COUNTY IS CANCELLED…

The storm which prompted the warning has weakened below severe
limits, and has exited the warned area. Therefore, the warning has
been cancelled.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 700 PM CST for south central
and southeastern Alabama.
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…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 145 PM CST FOR NORTHERN
BULLOCK COUNTY…

At 111 PM CST, a confirmed tornado was located near Shopton, or 10
miles west of Union Springs, moving northeast at 45 mph.

HAZARD…Damaging tornado.

SOURCE…Radar confirmed tornado.

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…
Union Springs, Franklin Field, Shopton, Sedgefield and Simsville.

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The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Tornado Warning for…
Northern Bullock County in southeastern Alabama…

* Until 145 PM CST

* At 108 PM CST, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado
was located over Shopton, or 12 miles west of Union Springs, moving
northeast at 45 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…
Union Springs, Franklin Field, Shopton, Sedgefield and Simsville.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Bullock And Macon Counties Until 200 PM CST

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

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At 145 PM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Red Level to near Opelika to near Guerryton,
moving northeast at 75 mph.

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

Locations impacted include…
Tuskegee, Notasulga, Midway, Guerryton, Pickett, Lake Tuskegee,
Davisville, Society Hill, Tuskegee National Forest, Liberty City,
Creek Stand, Warriorstand, Moton Field Municipal Airport, Three
Notch, Uphapee Creek and I 85 Rest Area.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Pike County

Jan 22nd @ 12:57 pm


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…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR PIKE COUNTY IS CANCELLED… The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the warned

area. Therefore, the warning has been cancelled. A severe
thunderstorm warning continues for eastern portions of Bullock and
Macon Counties.
A tornado watch remains in effect until 700 PM CST for southeastern
and east central Alabama.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Bullock, Macon, And Pike Counties

Jan 22nd @ 12:57 pm


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Please seek shelter if you are in the path of this severe thunderstorm. Wind gusts up to 60 MPH are possible, along with dangerous lightning and torrential rainfall.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Macon County in southeastern Alabama…
Pike County in southeastern Alabama…
Bullock County in southeastern Alabama…

* Until 200 PM CST

* At 1255 PM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from Emerald Mountain to near Pine Level to near
Brantley, moving northeast at 70 mph.
HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE…Radar indicated.
IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include…
Troy, Tuskegee, Union Springs, Brundidge, Notasulga, Midway,
Goshen, Milstead, Shorter, Banks, Franklin, Troy University,
Liverpool, Antioch, Shopton, Guerryton, Victoryland, Linwood, Beans
Crossroads and Pickett.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Coosa, Elmore, And Montgomery Counties

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

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Please seek shelter if you are in the path of this storm. Wind gusts up to 60 MPH, along with quater size hail and dangerous lightning can be expected with this severe storm.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Elmore County in east central Alabama…
Montgomery County in south central Alabama…
Coosa County in east central Alabama…

* Until 130 PM CST

* At 1231 PM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Clanton to 6 miles west of Petrey, 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…
Montgomery, Prattville, Millbrook, Wetumpka, Tallassee, Goodwater,
Rockford, Kellyton, Stewartville, Equality, Meadville, Weogufka,
Pike Road, Elmore, Coosada, Deatsville, Eclectic, Emerald Mountain,
Jordan Lake and Lagoon Park.

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.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Autauga, Chilton, And Lowndes Counties Until 100 PM CST

| January 22, 2017 @ 12:04 pm

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At 1223 PM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
     extending from near Jemison to 6 miles southeast of Pooles Crossroads
     to near Vida Junction to Lowndesboro to 7 miles west of Lowndes
     County Airport, 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, Millbrook, Clanton, Fort Deposit, Mosses, Hayneville,
     Thorsby, Deatsville, Autaugaville, White Hall, Gordonville,
     Billingsley, Lowndesboro, Benton, Logan, Pooles Crossroads, Vida
     Junction, Lowndes County Airport, Verbena and Mitchell Lake.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Canceled For Parts Of Dallas County

Jan 22nd @ 12:04 pm


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…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR EASTERN DALLAS COUNTY IS CANCELLED…
     
     The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the warned
     area. Therefore, the warning has been cancelled. The severe
     thunderstorm warning remains in effect for portions of Lowndes,
     Autauga, and Chilton Counties.
     A tornado watch remains in effect until 700 PM CST for south central,
     east central Alabama.


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

Jan 22nd @ 12:04 pm


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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.