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Central Alabama 7 Day Forecast

Category: Severe Weather

Flash Flood Watch Extended to More of Central Alabama

| 10:43 pm October 13, 2014

A flash flood watch went into effect at 7 p.m. tonight for much oft he northwestern part of Central Alabama, including Blount, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Walker and Winston Counties.

The NWS has extended the area of Flash Flood Watch to include Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega and Tuscaloosa Counties until 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Rainfall amounts approaching 2-4 inches have fallen from Winston down through Walker, southeastern Fayette and into Tuscaloosa Counties according to Doppler Radar.

As the storms continue east at about 30 mph, they will continue to dump torrential rains over the rest of Central Alabama tonight. It will only take about 2.5 inches of rain to cause flash flooding.

Intense Storms About to Move into Birmingham

| 9:54 pm October 13, 2014

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Strong thunderstorms are moving into the Birmingham Metro area now. There is no warning for Jefferson County at this time but a tornado watch remains in effect until midnight and the storms could become severe at any time.

In any case, they will produce winds of 50 mph or greater, torrential rain and lots of dangerous lightning.

They are now over western Jefferson County west of Bessemer and Birminghamport.

They will be in Bessemer a little after 10 p.m. and in downtown Birmingham, Homewood and Hoover between 10:15-10:30. Eastern and northern parts of Jefferson County will see them after 10:30.

Some counties are being trimmed from the tornado watch now:
The watch has been canceled for Greene, Sumter, Walker and Winston.
It continues for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Dallas, Etowah, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Shelby, St. Clair and Tuscaloosa.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Hale County

| 9:06 pm October 13, 2014

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

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* AT 904 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
AKRON TO SAWYERVILLE TO DUFFYS BEND…AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
GREENSBORO…MOUNDVILLE…NEWBERN…CEDARVILLE…MOUNDVILLE
AIRPORT…HARPER HILL…HAVANA AND ELLIOTS CREEK.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Tuscaloosa County

| 8:57 pm October 13, 2014

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
EASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1000 PM CDT

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* AT 854 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 6
MILES WEST OF BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM TO MOUNDVILLE…AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MCFARLAND MALL…BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…DEERLICK CREEK
CAMPGROUNDS…LAKE WILDWOOD…COALING…BULL CITY…BROOKWOOD AND
VANCE.

Storms Developing in the Birmingham Metro Ahead of Main Line

| 8:14 pm October 13, 2014

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Our line of thunderstorms is approaching Jasper, Tuscaloosa and Livingston tonight. It is packing lots of lightning, strong gusty winds and torrential rains. The storms are not severe at this time but the potential is still there for them to produce damaging winds and even brief spin up tornadoes.

Additional storms are forming ahead of the main line over Tuscaloosa County as well as Jefferson and Shelby Counties. These are not severe at this time but could also become severe.

A tornado watch remains in effect for almost all of Central Alabama until midnight.

Tornado Warning Lamar/Marion

| 6:52 pm October 13, 2014

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Rotation is indicated in the thunderstorm between Guin and Hamilton. It is moving northeast toward Bear Creek and Hackleburg.

A LATE NOTE At 7:04, the warning is canceled for Lamar County. The storm has moved out of the county.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
EASTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

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* AT 649 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF GUIN…OR 9 MILES SOUTH OF
HAMILTON…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BRINN…HACKLEBURG…MARION COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE…PIKEVILLE…
PEARCES MILL…TESSNER AND BEAR CREEK.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 16 THROUGH 22…

Fatality in Walker County, Severe Weather Update

| 6:44 pm October 13, 2014

The Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper reports that there has been a fatality in Dora when a tree fell on a house from this afternoon’s activity.

There was also a fatality last night when a tree fell on a car in Ashdown AR.

Just underscores the fact that there is a very real threat from trees falling on homes and cars.

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RADAR UPDATE
The line of intense storms is now entering Lamar and Pickens Counties. It is bowing out in that area, indicating a high probability of damaging winds.

It should reach the Tuscaloosa area by 7:30 p.m. and the Birmingham area between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

SEVERE WEATHER STILL LIKELY
Conditions are still very favorable for severe weather tonight across Central Alabama. A tornado watch is in effect until midnight.

Instabilities are running 500-1,000 j/kg over the northern half of the state, with values over 1,000 j/kg surging northward into Central Alabama. Lifted condensation levels are at 750m, which is prime for tornado development. And storm relative helicities in the lowest 1 km of the atmosphere are actually pretty high, running 20 m2/s2 in areas north of I-59.

So damaging wind will be the main threat, but an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out.

Pay attention to the weather overnight and review your safety rules.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lamar/Pickens

| 6:05 pm October 13, 2014

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These storms have a history of wind damage in Mississippi.

The radar indications are also strong that there will be damaging winds with them.

There is a confirmed fatality in Dora in Walker County from a tree falling on a house.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 700 PM CDT

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* AT 600 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
COLUMBUS AFB TO 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NEW HOPE TO 11 MILES WEST OF
BEVILL LOCK AND DAM…AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PICKENSVILLE…CARROLLTON…MILLPORT…VERNON…SULLIGENT…
REFORM…GORDO AND BEVILL LOCK AND DAM.