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Strong Storm Over Eastern Jefferson County…Lot of Heavy Rain, Lightning

| 4:17 pm July 23, 2016

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A strong thunderstorm developed near the Birmingham Airport before 2:30 and has been pulsing up and down as it has moved slowly southwestward.

At 415 p.m. it was affecting areas from Woodlawn and Irondale back to Cahaba Heights and Liberty Park then over to Inverness and Meadowbrook.

The lightning is not especially heavy, but it only takes one bolt. 1-2 inches of rain has fallen in areas between I-20 and I-459. An areal flood advisory has been issued for eastern Jefferson County, including places inside the green polygon.

Storms Continue Over East Alabama Tonight

| 10:34 pm July 21, 2016

It has been a stormy night across the eastern half of Alabama tonight, with widespread thunderstorms along and south of I-59 and east of I-65.

The big hot ridge of high pressure that has been dominating much of the United States has shifted a little west tonight. This weakening over the eastern half of the state has allowed storms to form in the high instability left over after today’s hot temperatures in the upper 90s. Huntsville reached 100F. Birmingham topped out at 98F.

Low level lapse rates have been moderately strong tonight and there has been about 30 knots of speed shear that have allowed the storms to remain more organized that typical summertime pulse storms.

There are no warnings in effect right now. Earlier there were warnings over eastern Alabama. Trees and power lines were reported down along US-78 in Calhoun County ESE of Anniston.

At 10:30 p.m. the strongest storms are over Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Calhoun, Cherokee and northern Cleburne Counties. They are producing torrential rain, strong gusty winds, deadly lightning and some small hail. Be in a safe place if they are in the neighborhood.

Here is the radar, showing base reflectivity on the left and composite reflectivity on the right.

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Over two inches of rain has fallen over eastern Coosa and southwestern Clay Counties. Areas southwest of Heflin also picked up around two inches. Be alert for some local flooding.

So far, the Birmingham area has avoided the storms, There is a small storm over southern Blount County that has had a hard time getting its act together. There is a small storm over Bessemer in southwestern Jefferson County.

The storms will persist over Central Alabama for a couple of more hours, but they are slowly weakening.

New Warning for Parts of Cleburne, Clay, Randolph and Calhoun Counties

| 8:29 pm July 21, 2016

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The storm over southern Calhoun and Cleburne Counties continues to produce strong winds and moderate sized hail.

Be in a safe place away as this storm approaches.

In addition to the hail and strong winds, deadly lightning and torrential rains will accompany the storm.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN CLEBURNE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 915 PM CDT

* AT 828 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR HEFLIN TO NEAR DELTA…MOVING WEST AT 10 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ANNISTON…OXFORD…HEFLIN…LINEVILLE…OXFORD LAKE…BARFIELD…
DELTA…FOSTERS CROSS ROADS…MOUNT CHEAHA…CHALAFINNEE…
CHOCCOLOCCO…DEARMANVILLE…HOLLIS CROSSROADS AND CAMP SEQUOYAH.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Parts of Cleburne, Clay, Randolph and Calhoun

| 8:07 pm July 21, 2016

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UPDATE 814 PM
Strong thunderstorms are over East Alabama tonight.

A severe storm is over southern Cleburne County pushing south toward Randolph and Clay Counties.

It is west of Heflin, crossing I-20. It has potential winds of 60 mph and hail to the size of pennies.

Other strong storms extend from west of Roanoke to near Opelika.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN CLEBURNE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 806 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR HEFLIN TO NEAR DELTA…MOVING SOUTHWEST AT 10
MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ANNISTON…OXFORD…HEFLIN…LINEVILLE…BARFIELD…DELTA…
HOLLIS CROSSROADS…CAMP SEQUOYAH…CHALAFINNEE…
DEARMANVILLE AND MICAVILLE.

Strong Storms Pushing Through Central Alabama

| 9:19 pm July 14, 2016

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A line of pretty intense thunderstorms are pushing through Central Alabama at this time. The line stretches from the AL/TN state line in Madison and Jackson counties, back to the south-southwest down into Bibb and Perry counties, and back to the west in Meridian, Mississippi.

The strongest part of the line is located in the southwestern parts of Jefferson County where some rainfall estimates are up to 1.8 inches within the last hour. Lightning is starting to ease a little, but still some area of intense strikes. Most of the rainfall has fallen in the northern Jefferson County areas, where there are several radar rainfall estimates of 1.8 inches, especially just west of Warrior and Kimberly.

Strong gusty winds up to 40 MPH can be expected with these storms, along with some small hail, heavy rainfall, and copious amounts of cloud-to-ground lightning.

This will probably be the last round of storms for the night, as another line has entered the western parts of Mississippi, and will probably enter the state sometime between Midnight and 2AM. These storms have several severe thunderstorm warnings on them, and a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 1AM for much of Central Mississippi.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

| 7:32 pm July 14, 2016

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.
WUUS54 KBMX 150031
SVRBMX
ALC063-107-125-150115-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.W.0091.160715T0031Z-160715T0115Z/

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
731 PM CDT THU JUL 14 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTH CENTRAL GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 731 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
GORDO…MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TUSCALOOSA…NORTHPORT…GORDO…REFORM…HOLT…COKER…
TUSCALOOSA AMPHITHEATER…JENA…BENEVOLA…UNIVERSITY MALL…
TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT…BRYANT DENNY STADIUM…
SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE…JOHNSTON LAKE…MCFARLAND MALL…
LAKE LURLEEN STATE PARK…OLIVER LOCK AND DAM…
FOSTERS BOAT LANDING…STILLMAN COLLEGE AND KIRK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

&&

LAT…LON 3309 8808 3341 8803 3333 8745 3306 8747
TIME…MOT…LOC 0031Z 273DEG 33KT 3322 8790

HAIL…<.75IN
WIND…60MPH

$$
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

| 7:07 pm July 14, 2016

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.
WUUS54 KBMX 150007
SVRBMX
ALC107-150045-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.W.0090.160715T0007Z-160715T0045Z/

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
707 PM CDT THU JUL 14 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
WESTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 745 PM CDT

* AT 706 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER PRAIRIE
POINT…OR 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF PICKENSVILLE…MOVING
EAST NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND NICKEL SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ALICEVILLE…PICKENSVILLE…ETHELSVILLE…MCMULLEN…
BEVILL LOCK AND DAM…GARDEN…GAINESVILLE LAKE CAMPGROUND…
GEORGE DOWNER AIRPORT…PINE GROVE AND MCSHAN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…CONTACT YOUR NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT
AGENCY. THEY WILL SEND YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.

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LAT…LON 3343 8829 3343 8814 3311 8815 3306 8833
TIME…MOT…LOC 0006Z 240DEG 12KT 3318 8837

HAIL…0.88IN
WIND…60MPH

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Shelby County

| 4:39 pm July 14, 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

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* AT 438 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM LEEDS TO NEAR HOOVER METROPOLITAN STADIUM…MOVING
SOUTHEAST AT 20 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…
HOOVER…ALABASTER…PELHAM…HELENA…LEEDS…CALERA…CHELSEA…
MONTEVALLO…COLUMBIANA…WILSONVILLE…INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE…
VINCENT…HARPERSVILLE…WESTOVER…LAKE PURDY…GREYSTONE…
MEADOWBROOK…OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK…HOOVER METROPOLITAN STADIUM
AND MAYLENE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURE’S LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Jefferson County, Including Downtown Birmingham

| 4:33 pm July 14, 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

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* AT 433 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM BIRMINGHAM TO NEAR NORTH JOHNS…MOVING EAST AT 10
MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…BESSEMER…HOMEWOOD…
MOUNTAIN BROOK…HUEYTOWN…FAIRFIELD…PLEASANT GROVE…
MIDFIELD…BRIGHTON…LIPSCOMB…NORTH JOHNS…SPLASH ADVENTURE…
B.J.C.C….ROSS BRIDGE…REGIONS FIELD…BLUFF PARK…
THE SUMMIT AND LEGION FIELD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURE’S LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Blount/St.Clair/Jefferson

| 4:28 pm July 14, 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

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* AT 428 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER CLAY…OR
NEAR TRUSSVILLE…MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
NORTHEASTERN BIRMINGHAM…TRUSSVILLE…GARDENDALE…MOODY…
FULTONDALE…SPRINGVILLE…ODENVILLE…CENTER POINT…CLAY…
PINSON…MARGARET…ARGO…ASHVILLE…COUNTY LINE…INLAND LAKE…
BRANCHVILLE…GRAYSON VALLEY…CHALKVILLE…
CALDWELL AND PALMERDALE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURE’S LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.