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Wind Gusts to 40 mph Possible with Line of Showers

| 6:00 pm May 4, 2016

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A line of strong showers is dropping into Central Alabama late this afternoon.

It extends from northern Marion County into northern Winston to near Cullman, then into northern Blount County, and on to near Albertvlle and Fort Payne.

It has a history of producing strong wind gusts and even brought down some trees and power lines southeast of the City of Madison in Madison County, west of Huntsville.

Winds gusted to 40 mph at Huntsville International Airport and 30 mph at Decatur and Muscle Shoals.

Winds will gust in excess of 40 mph as this line drops south, especially over Blount and Etowah Counties.

The tops of the showers are under 20,000 feet, so no lightning. There just isn’t much instability, and dewpoints are only in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

The line will reach Birmingham a little after 7. Gadsden should see the activity before 615 p.m. Anniston around 645 pm.

40 Laps To Go

| 2:44 pm May 1, 2016

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RACE UPDATE
Well, they have avoided the rain successfully throughout the race at Talladega today. Hopefully, the race will be finished before it arrives.

Right now, there is less than 50 laps to go and the nearest shower looks like it will miss the track. Heavy will not arrive until after 4 30 p.m. unless there is new development.

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THE ALABAMA WEATHER SITUATION

A large area of showers and thunderstorms is pushing east and northeast across areas west of I-65 this afternoon. The strongest storms are:

…over the intersection of Fayette, Marion, Winston Counties near Nauvoo.
…over Bibb, southern Tuscaloosa, western Chilton and Autauga Counties.

In the Birmingham area, a strong storm is approaching Lake View, and another is west of Alabaster. The Metro will experience lots of lightning and some heavy rain and gusty winds

A new storm is forming on the Talladega/Shelby County line between Columbiana and Sylacauga.

Storms Heating Up around Birmingham, Heads Up Lamar and Pickens

| 12:34 pm May 1, 2016

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An area of rain and storms is pushing northeastward across East Central Mississippi early this afternoon. Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Winston Counties in eastern Mississippi. No reports of damage so far, and the NWS Birmingham is not planning on issuing severe thunderstorm warnings unless they intensify.

Tons of lightning in the storms between Columbus MS and Brooksville down to Scooba.

There is a threat for severe thunderstorms with winds to 60 mph with storms today. The threat of tornadoes is very very small, if not zero.

They will push into Alabama’s northern Pickens and Lamar Counties by 1 p.m. There are already storms over southern Lamar County around Millport and Kennedy.

In the Birmingham Metro, storms are forming from Homewood to Hoover and back to Bessemer. Just saw the first lightning stroke near Vestavia.

There is a storm northwest of Oxford. This storm brought a shower to the Talladega Superspeedway right befor ethe green flag at the Geico 500.

Showers along highway 280 in northern Shelby County may threaten the track within the hour.

Wake Low Giving Us Gusty Winds; Severe Threat Over

| 8:27 pm April 30, 2016

LATE REPORT:
Trees have been reported down in Sumter County because of this event that are not associated with thunderstorms, but with a wake low.

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Tonight’s marginal and slight severe weather threat is over for Central Alabama as the area of thunderstorms has weakened as it lifted northeast into our part of the state.

Right behind it, what appears to be a wake low has developed. This feature is causing winds to gust to nearly 30 mph in spots.

Winds gusted to 28mph at Tuscaloosa and Birmingham just before 8 p.m.

Areas along and south of I-59 will see the best chance of the gusty winds.

Wake lows are caused by sinking air which descends in the wake of the weakening of a complex of storms. They often cause heat bursts in the Plains, which are characterized by strong winds, rapid drops in dewpoints and substantial rises in temperatures.

Nothing like that here tonight, but some gusty winds.

It looks like rain will be limited to areas south of areas from Selma to Montgomery.

An Afternoon Update on the Alabama Weather Situation

| 5:53 pm April 30, 2016

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It has been a muggy and warm spring afternoon across North and Central Alabama. Skies have been partly to mostly cloudy, with the most sunshine over East Central Alabama,

The airmass is slightly to moderately unstable with CAPE values running some 1,000-2,000 joules/kg, except over East Central Alabama, where values are over 2,000 joules. There are some values over 3,000 joules in places like Talladega, Wedowee, Alex City and Rockford.

So the atmosphere is primed for storms and they have formed over North Alabama, down through East Central Alabama into much of Georgia. Some are starting to percolate in northeastern Mississippi as well.

There actually was a tornado warning for Limestone and Madison counties in North Alabama into Lincoln County, Tennessee, but the warning has been canceled. The tornadic thunderstorm has moved from near Athens to Elkmont and will soon exit the state. It still has a severe thunderstorm warning on it. That storm has showed signs of rotation but no reports of tornadoes or damage so far.

The atmosphere is not really conducive for tornadoes across Alabama, with low 0-1 km helicity values. But with spring storms in Alabama we always say to expect the unexpected.

To the southwest, there is a big MCS (mesoscale convective system) moving into southwestern Alabama from southeastern Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana. The storms have been severe in the New Orleans area. There is currently a severe thunderstorm warning for Kemper County in eastern Mississippi, where Meridian is located. This storm will eventually affect Sumter County.

The whole MCS will lift northeastward into West Central Alabama, reaching Tuscaloosa between 6-7 p.m. and Birmingham by 7-8 p.m. But it will be weakening as it goes, leaving the better shear over Mississippi. The SPC has West Central and Southwest Alabama outlooked for a slight risk of severe weather, meaning scattered severe storms possible. The severe weather will be short lived and not widespread. Further east, most of the rest of the state is in a marginal risk outlook, meaning isolated severe storms are possible. There could be a few reports of damaging winds and hail, with the best chance over areas from Pickens down through Sumter and Hale Counties.

There is a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for coastal Mississippi and SE Louisiana. A new watch could be issued into Coastal Alabama and Northwest Florida.

We are sort of locked into this pattern through Monday it seems, when a cold front will finally push through the area, ending the rain. But expect more showers and storms Sunday and Monday. It looks like most of tomorrow’ rain may come in the morning for Central Alabama, hopefully leaving room for a decent afternoon.

Radar Check at 9:40 PM CDT

| 9:45 pm April 29, 2016

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Showers and thunderstorms have now pushed into the eastern half of the state. Places such as Cullman, Birmingham, Centerville, Marion, and Selma will have rain coming to and end within the next hour. Stronger storms have pushed to the southeast, with the strongest one located over Tuskegee and Franklin in Macon County. Another strong storm was located just west of downtown Montgomery and passing over Snowden and Sprague in Montgomery County.

There have been multiple reports of damage possibly caused by storms tonight. An apartment fire, possibly caused by lightning, is still being fought in Leeds. Another fire was reportedly caused by lightning at a house in the Castle Pines subdivision in Gardendale. Yet another house fire was reported in Alabaster that possibly was started by lightning.

There were reports of wind damage across the area as well. A tree was downed onto a house in the Margaret community, with an injury reported. A few trees were reported downed in the Liberty Park area in Vestavia Hills. Also 3 miles west-northwest of Wilsonville, a few trees were reported downed by winds. A roof was reported to have been blown off of an empty building next to Jack’s Western Wear in Good Hope.

Multiple reports of dime, nickel, and quarter-size hail from many communities across the area, including Clanton, Moody, Kimberly, Irondale, Margaret, and Hamilton. The largest hail report in the state came from 3 miles east of Lake Tuscaloosa, where hail reached 1.75 inches in diameter.

At this time, Alabama Power is reporting 25,000 power outages statewide; with 17,000 in the Birmingham area, 5,000 in the Tuscaloosa area, and 3,000 in the Anniston area.

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The good news is that all of the storms are currently well below severe limits, and hopefully should be that way for the rest of the evening. Just light to moderate rain is all that is left for those communities east of I-65 and north of I-85. The severe threat for those in the path of the stronger storms is limited. Strong, gusty winds, small hail, and dangerous lightning could still be possible.

Significant Weather Advisory – Southeastern Elmore & South-Central Tallapoosa Counties Until 9:30 PM CDT

| 8:55 pm April 29, 2016

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SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CENTRAL MACON…SOUTHEASTERN
ELMORE AND SOUTH CENTRAL TALLAPOOSA COUNTIES UNTIL 930 PM CDT…

AT 845 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM OVER
MILSTEAD…MOVING EAST AT 10 MPH.

NICKEL SIZE HAIL AND WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH
THIS STORM.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TUSKEGEE…TALLASSEE…NOTASULGA…MILSTEAD…ECLECTIC…SHORTER…
FRANKLIN…EMERALD MOUNTAIN…LAKE TUSKEGEE…DAVISVILLE…TALLAPOOSA
CITY…LIVERPOOL…REEVES AIRPORT…VICTORYLAND…TYSONVILLE…SANTUCK…
LIBERTY CITY…DEXTER…YATES RESERVOIR AND MOTON FIELD MUNICIPAL
AIRPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM.
LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE 10 MILES AWAY FROM A THUNDERSTORM. SEEK A SAFE
SHELTER INSIDE A BUILDING OR VEHICLE.

THIS STORM MAY INTENSIFY…SO BE CERTAIN TO MONITOR LOCAL RADIO
STATIONS AND AVAILABLE TELEVISION STATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northeastern Montgomery County Has Been Cancelled

| 8:33 pm April 29, 2016

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The Severe Thunderstorm Warning that was in effect for Northeastern Montgomery County has been cancelled. The storms that order Levitra online.

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect for west-central Macon County and Southeastern Elmore Counties until 8:45.

60 MPH wind gusts and quarter-size hail are possible with this severe storm. Currently moving to the east at 10 MPH. Located at this time near Milstead.

Significant Weather Advisory – Perry County Until 8:45 PM CDT

| 8:08 pm April 29, 2016

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SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR PERRY COUNTY UNTIL 845 PM CDT…

AT 806 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM NEAR
MARION…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

HALF INCH HAIL AND WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH
THIS STORM.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MARION…HEIBERGER…VAIDEN…ELLARDS…JUDSON COLLEGE…SPROTT…SUTTLE…
FOLSOM…RADFORD AND HAMBURG.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD
TO LOCALIZED FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADWAYS.

FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM.
LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE 10 MILES AWAY FROM A THUNDERSTORM. SEEK A SAFE
SHELTER INSIDE A BUILDING OR VEHICLE.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – West Central Macon, Southeastern Elmore, & Northeastern Montgomery Counties Until 8:45 PM CDT

| 7:57 pm April 29, 2016

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
WEST CENTRAL MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 756 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR EMERALD
MOUNTAIN…OR 8 MILES WEST OF MILSTEAD…MOVING EAST AT 10 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…
NORTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY…WETUMPKA…TALLASSEE…MILSTEAD…SHORTER…
FRANKLIN…MOUNT MEIGS…EMERALD MOUNTAIN…AUBURN UNIVERSITY IN
MONTGOMERY…VICTORYLAND…WAUGH…BLUE RIDGE…TYSONVILLE…EASTDALE
MALL…CLAUD…WALLSBORO…WARE…BRASSELL…TALLAPOOSA WATER PLANT AND
CROSS KEYS.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 85 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 6 AND 32.